Humanosity says…ever wondered what happens to all the stuff you so diligently put in the recycling bins? Well if you live in the UK this article describes in detail what happens to it.
In 2016, the UK generated 222.9 million tonnes of waste, up 4% from 2014.
England was responsible for 85% of the total. Construction and demolition generates the most – 136 million tonnes a year. Mineral waste from mining accounts for 36% of the total
UK households produced just under 27 million tonnes of waste in 2017. That’s around 409 kg per person. This is mainly made up of food scraps, newspapers, cardboard, glass bottles and plastics.
Much of it could be avoided. A study by the University of Sussex found that the average family in the UK throws away 20% of all the food they buy, costing up to £800 a year.
The recycling rate for UK households’ waste was 45.7% in 2017, a small increase on the previous year. Wales had the highest recycling rate in 2017 at 57.6%. It’s the only UK country to exceed the EU’s target to recycle at least 50% of waste from households by 2020. England and Scotland followed with 45.2% and 43.5% respectively.