UK Recycling Statistics For 2021
In 2021, the UK was taking huge strides toward reducing the amount of waste it produces and increasing its recycling rate. This is in part due to the government’s 25-year plan for the environment, which aims to reduce waste and the amount of single-use plastics. It also sets out to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
UK RECYCLING STATISTICS 2021 [INFOGRAPHIC]
1. England’s Recycling Rate Hits 43.8%
2. 80% Of Paper and Cardboard Was Recycled
In terms of the most recycled materials, the biggest increase was seen in the recycling of paper and cardboard, with a total of 80% recycled in 2021. This popular product used in most packaging is usually 100% recyclable, and accepted at kerbside collections. This makes it easy and simple to recycle for consumers.
3. 44.2% Plastic Packaging Recycling Rate
The recycling rate of plastic packaging created by households in the United Kingdom was 44.2 percent in 2021. This is a decrease from previous years, when the recycling rate reached a high of 47.2%. It’s incredibly important to recycle plastic due to the high demand and rate at which we use this material in our products.
4. 72% Of Cans Sold In The UK Are Recycled
Aluminium cans are widely and easily recycled. Metal was the second most recycled material in the UK in 2021, following cardboard. We recycle over 2.5 billion cans in the UK every year. This material is often used to store food and drinks.
5. 63.2% Of UK Packaging Waste Was Recycled
6. Household Waste Collected Amounted To 23.8 Million Metric Tons
The volume of household waste collected by local authorities in England amounted to 23.8 million metric tons in the 2020/2021 financial year. This was an increase from the previous year, and the largest volume collected since 2008/2009. With a large growth in waste generated, segregating materials is essential to diver the waste from landfills.
The UK’s Mission To Increase Recycling
Overall, these UK recycling statistics for 2021 highlight the progress that the UK is making toward reducing waste and increasing its recycling rate. As the government’s 25-year plan for the environment is outlined, the country is pushing to become more sustainable. Whether that be recycling more, reducing energy consumption, or using alternative products.