Provisional figures released by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) released today (22 March) show that the recycling rate for England has fallen for the in the 12 months to June 2015.
The “waste from households” recycling rate (including composting and preparing for reuse), was 44.3% in the 12 months to June 2015, down from 45.0% in the previous 12 month period to June 2014.
Defra says this decrease was driven by a 5.7% fall in “other organics recycling” against unusually high figures in the previous period, particularly for January to June 2014.
There was a marginal 0.2% increase in the amount of dry recycling in the 12 month period to June 2015 compared to the 12 months to June 2014.
Total waste generated by households over the 12 months to June 2015 was 22.1m tonnes, a decrease of 0.6% compared to the previous 12 months to June 2014.
The tonnage of all materials recycled, composted and prepared for reuse fell by 2.1% to 9.8m tonnes, driven by the fall in “other organics recycling” but offset by a marginal 0.2% increase in “dry recycling”.
Residual waste increased by 0.6% to 12.3 million tonnes.
The quarterly “waste from households” recycling rate (including composting and preparing for reuse) was 47.2% in the three-month period from April to June 2015. This compares to 48.6& for the same period in 2014.
For the quarter April to June 2015, the amount of local authority managed waste going to landfill was 1.6m tonnes, incineration was 1.7m tonnes and recovery was almost 0.4m tonnes.
The quarterly statistics may well be the last published by Defra, depending on the outcome of a Statistical Consultation.