England missed household waste recycling target

Recycling from household waste fell by 1.5% in 2020, according to official data

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Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions took a toll on England’s recycling rates, official data show.

More specifically, England failed to meet the target to recycle 50% of ‘waste from households’ by 2020.

The report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs suggests the recycling of waste from households in 2020 was 44%, compared to 45.5% the year before.

That contradicts the fact that total waste from households increased to 22.6 million tonnes in 2020 from 22.1 million tonnes in 2019.

This is equivalent to 399 kilograms per person, up from 392 kilograms per person in 2019, an increase of 1.8%.

This is down to more time spent at home because of the work from home measures during the lockdown.

The report attributes the decrease in the amount of recycled waste from households to service disruptions, including the closure of Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

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