Recent research conducted by Enviro Skip Hire, a specialist in Skip Hire Central London, suggests that more than half of the UK’s population misses opportunities to recycle at home.
In a 2020 European research study, it was revealed that the UK ranked third in waste production, generating 282.4 tonnes of waste in a calendar year. Germany held the top spot, producing over 400 tonnes of waste, closely followed by France with 310.4 tonnes of waste generated.
What does the data for 2023 indicate?
- Northern Ireland was the only region in the UK where the recycling rate did not increase.
- The UK’s disposal of biodegradable waste in landfills increased by 0.7 million tonnes in 2020.
James Rubin, the Managing Director, commented, “New data also shows that recycling is in fact becoming a normalised behaviour across the UK. With over 85% of the population consciously recycling, it’s clear to see that the trend is moving in the right direction. The more the population recycles, the less the population will require landfill and other costly waste disposal methods. Clothing and electricals are just some examples of what recycling plastic alone can be turned into.”
What does the future of recycling hold? It is likely that governments, councils, and organisations will explore more innovative methods of managing waste. The UK may even take inspiration from the USA’s efforts and set a goal of increasing the national recycling rate by 50% by 2023.