Learn more about Waste Recycling in England
Once a waste removal has taken place waste recycling is a vital process for the health and condition of our environment and should not be perceived as an extra task that is involved in their waste clearance process, the waste clearance process cannot be reduced if we want to improve England's waste recycling rates
There are 345 local authorities and over 5,000 waste operators that come together to manage the role of waste management in England. However, there are only eight local authorities that achieve a recycling rate higher than 60%, they are: - East Riding of Yorkshire Council 64.8% - South Oxfordshire District Council 63.3% - Three Rivers District Council 63.0% - Vale of White Horse District Council 62.5% - St Albans City and District Council 62.1% - Surrey Heath Borough Council 61.9% - Rochford District Council 60.9% - Stroud District Council 60.2 they achieve a recycling rate of 44.70%, is low when compared with other countries in Europe, especially for such a forward thinking and thriving country. Add to that the fact that England is running out of space for landfill and we send 55% of waste there, this is certainly not sustainable
To ensure we shift the perspective of our industry, waste recycling after waste clearance must increase and must be done in a way that is professional and in alignment with certain standards, only then can the industry evolve.
In the grand scheme of things £3,600,000,000.00 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year, however if divided by England's population of 56,000,000 it only works out to £64 per person, which again in the grand scheme of things is not that much. Questions could be asked that if sustainability is a top priority could more money be spent on waste management?
Essentially, there are two different types of waste and when looking at waste collections both have two different angles of responsibility:
1. Household waste comes from residential properties. Which England produces 34,880,304 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 44.70%, this means 15,591,496 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of England’s councils or boroughs to treat the waste they collect properly.
2. Business waste is classified as any type of waste generated from commercial activity. Which 5,900,000 active businesses in England produces 34,740,000 tonnes of commercial waste and 7,200,000 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste treatment.