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Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste for April 2019 to March 2020.

Although this period includes the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic period, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on the data.

The recycling rate is the percentage of local authority municipal waste that was reused, recycled or composted. The recycling rate has increased considerably during the last two decades (from around 5% in the late 1990s).

Main points

  • The recycling rate increased from 62.8% in 2018-19 to 65.1% in 2019-20. This exceeds the target of 64% set in the 'Towards Zero Waste' Strategy.
  • 17 of the 22 local authorities reported an increase in their recycling rate compared to last year.
  • 1.51 million tonnes of local authority municipal waste were generated, a decrease of (almost) 2.0% on last year and the lowest reported figure to date.


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