‘Slow Growth’ Reported For England Household Recycling Rate

Figures from Defra show that the household recycling rate in England increased to 45.1%, a climb of just 0.3% over the 2017/18 financial year.

9, a:1:{i:0;s:8:”defaults”;}, industrial conveyor belt cleaners, ‘Slow Growth’ Reported For England Household Recycling Rate, Figures from Defra show that the household recycling rate in England increased to 45.1%, a climb of just 0.3% over the 2017/18 financial year., The household recycling rate in England increased in the 2018/19 financial year compared to the previous 12 months, but only very marginally.

Let’s Recycle shared the figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which showed that the household recycling rate in England increased to 45.1 per cent, a climb of just 0.3 per cent over the 2017/18 financial year.

Although some have reacted positively to the figures, many have said that it shows how much work needs to be done in the country to meet environmental targets, as well as highlighting the need for more ambitious targets on things like the circular economy.

The news provider revealed that national waste management companies believe more needs to be done to deal with the treatment of garden waste, while there should also be more attention on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and circular economy targets.

Speaking to the publication, head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) Pat Jennings stressed that the latest Defra figures “demonstrate the pressing need for significant policy changes”.

Meanwhile, the CEO at SUEZ David Palmer-Jones commented: “The slight fall in official recycling rates last year reflects the urgent need for manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling.”

One bright point in the figures that was acknowledged by many across the sector is the increase in recycled food waste, as well as the reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Biffa issued a statement expressing its disappointment with the lack of substantial growth in this area. It commented that the government needs to take the lead in encouraging recycling in every area of society.

“A new, supportive and ambitious national recycling policy programme will also help support more investment in recycling in the UK and reduce the reliance on export of some materials, but we cannot afford repeated delays and uncertainty,” the company stated.

At a regional level, the figures showed that Lewes experienced the biggest jump in its recycling rates, climbing from 27 per cent to 40 per cent in a year.

The news provider explained that this was down to the leadership shown by the council’s in-house recycling team, “who knew to update their waste management equipment and to step up communication with the community”.

Lee Marshall, chief executive of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, said that councils are unable to introduce new recycling services or update the ones they currently offer following years of central government cuts to funding.

However, there are signs that progress is being made in some areas of recycling. Last month, Teesside Live reported that a first of its kind plastics plant is set to be constructed in the region, creating 20 new permanent jobs and enabling people to recycle plastics that can’t currently go in household recycling.

This includes items like pillows, duvets and flooring that would otherwise go to landfill. Poseidon Plastics, which will construct and operate the plant, plans to supply half of the UK’s demand for PET plastics.

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