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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, known as DEFRA, gathers statistics on household waste in the UK. It found that more than 26 million tonnes of household waste is produced in the UK each year. Of this, 14 million tonnes get sent to landfill, with the remaining 12 million tonnes being recycled.

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UK Waste: Landfill and Recycling Facts

  1. 1. UK WASTE: LANDFILL AND RECYCLING FACTS DUNCANCLARK
  2. 2. 2 The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, known as DEFRA, gathers statistics on household waste in the UK. DUNCAN CLARK Renovare Fuels UK WASTE: LANDFILL AND RECYCLING FACTS
  3. 3. 3 One of the biggest areas of household waste in the UK is food. Around 7 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year, equating to £7.5 billion of waste. It found that more than 26 million tonnes of household waste is produced in the UK each year. Of this, 14 million tonnes get sent to landfill, with the remaining 12 million tonnes being recycled. RECYCLING TARGETS Scotland currently recycles around 43% of household waste, England 44%, Northern Ireland 46%, and Wales 57%. A target was set by the UK government for at least 50% of all waste across the UK to be recycled by 2020. While recycling rates are increasing, so is the population, meaning more resources are being produced and more waste is being created. FOOD WASTE One of the biggest areas of household waste in the UK is food. Around 7 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year, equating to £7.5 billion of waste. Much of this could be recycled through food banks, as animal feed or through charities, and at least half of all food waste could be turned into usable compost.
  4. 4. You can learn more about a new waste-to- energy carbon capture and storage project that has recently been signed off in Norway by visiting the blog of Duncan Clark, Renovare Fuels’ Business Development Director. DUNCAN CLARK

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, known as DEFRA, gathers statistics on household waste in the UK. It found that more than 26 million tonnes of household waste is produced in the UK each year. Of this, 14 million tonnes get sent to landfill, with the remaining 12 million tonnes being recycled.

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