Exploring Recycling in the UK: Is There an Issue to Address?

Recent research conducted by UK-based Skip Hire Central London specialists Enviro Skip Hire, has revealed that more than half of the UK’s population misses opportunities to recycle at home.

In a 2020 European research study, it was highlighted that the UK ranked third in waste production, generating a staggering 282.4 tonnes of waste in a calendar year. Germany led the rankings, producing over 400 tonnes of waste, closely followed by France with 310.4 tonnes of waste generated.

What Does the 2023 Data Show?

● Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK where the recycling rate did not increase.

● The UK’s biodegradable waste sent to landfill increased by 0.7 million tonnes in 2020.

James Rubin, Managing Director of Enviro Skip Hire, comments, “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 Hold for Recycling?

In the future, we can expect governments, councils, and organizations to seek more innovative approaches to manage waste products. The UK might even take inspiration from the USA’s efforts and set a goal to increase the national recycling rate by 50% by 2023.

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