Learn more about Waste Recycling in Watford
There are people who see waste recycling after waste collections as an extra task that involves additional effort and do not include it in their waste clearance process. Waste recycling is a vital process for the health and condition of our environment.
Veolia ES UK is the waste contractor deployed to manage the waste on behalf of the council they achieve a recycling rate of 48.96%, which is quite low when compared to other leading areas in Europe, 60%+ should be achievable. Sending 51.04% of waste to landfill is not sustainable
To ensure we shift the perspective of our industry, waste recycling after waste removal 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 £25,124,214.78 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year in Watford, however if divided by Watford's population of 398,797 it only works out to £63 per person, which again in the grand scheme of things is not that much. Could more money be spent on waste management?
There are two different types of waste and when conducting a waste removal both have two different angles of responsibility:
1. Household waste comes from residential properties. Which Watford produces 81,878 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 48.96%, this means 85,356 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of Watford’s councils or boroughs to do the waste removal and waste management properly.
2. Business waste is classified as any type of waste generated from commercial activity. Which 2,045 active businesses in Watford produces 165,451 tonnes of commercial waste and 34,290 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste management.