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Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste for April 2017 to March 2018.

Main points

  • The percentage of local authority municipal waste that was reused, recycled or composted has increased considerably during the last two decades (from around 5% in the late 1990s). For the first time, there was a small decrease in the rate between 2016-17 and 2017-18 (from 63.8 to 62.7%). However, this decrease is partly due to an improvement in the quality of reporting.
  • 17 of the 22 local authorities reported a decrease in their reuse/recycling/ composting rates compared to 2016-17.
  • The total amount of local authority municipal waste collected decreased by 40,111 tonnes (2.5%) and the amount of waste sent for recycling dropped 43,304 tonnes compared to 2016-17.


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