Is England’s waste on the rise?

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The average household in England produces 558kg of residual waste each year, which has risen from 551kg in 2012-13. It is believed people are becoming a bit apathetic about recycling. Household waste has risen nearly 60% in some areas despite efforts to promote recycling.


Up to 8 councils have seen the average household waste rise by more than 100kg in the past 3 years. Experts believe part of the reason for this is people are getting ‘green fatigue’. Another reason is people are spending more after the economic downturn of the 2008 economic crisis and therefore creating more waste.


Swindon council have seen the biggest rise with the annual average household waste increasing up to 30% from 463kg to 602kg since 2012-13. As well as a rise in waste produced there has also been a drop in recycling from 44% to 35%. The council are blaming this firstly on the introduction of the green waste charge, a switch from weekly to fortnightly collections and also household growth. Swindon Council has however said that there has been a significant fall in the amount of waste sent to landfills. Residence in the Isles of Scilly produce the most non-recyclable waste in England. The council said that possible reasons for this are that the islands have a fairly unique geographical challenge and have to finance waste management from a population of about 2,300 people. They have however said that they are starting to turn their waste issue around.


Household recycling rates decreased last year in Yorkshire and Humber, London and East Midlands. However the overall rate across England rose from 43.5% to 43.7%. Ashford Borough Council has the largest 3-year reduction in household waste with a drop from 695kg to 350kg. Vale of White Horse produced the least amount of annual waste at 274kg per year. The council there said they ‘take an awful lot more things at the kerbside than some authorities such as batteries, textiles and small electrical items.’


Waste reduction charity, Wrap, said ‘while recycling had become social norm, levels had started to plateau.’ Some of the barriers to recycling include people not believing there was a benefit to the environment, confusion of what to recycle where and a lack of household routine.


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