Recent research conducted by Enviro Skip Hire, specialists in Skip Hire Central London, reveals that more than half of the UK’s population misses opportunities to recycle from their homes.
In a 2020 European research study, it was highlighted that the UK ranks as the third-largest producer of waste in a calendar year, generating a staggering 282.4 tonnes. Germany led the rankings by producing over 400 tonnes of waste, closely followed by France with 310.4 tonnes.
What Does the Data for 2023 Indicate?
● Northern Ireland was the only region in the UK where the recycling rate didn’t see an increase.
● The UK’s disposal of biodegradable waste in landfills increased by 0.7 million tonnes in 2020.
Managing Director, James Rubin, 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?
The future of recycling is likely to see governments, councils, and organisations seeking more innovative ways to manage waste products. The UK may even draw inspiration from the USA’s approach by setting a goal of increasing the national recycling rate by 50% by 2023. This ambitious target demonstrates a commitment to tackling the recycling challenge and reducing waste in the years ahead.