Anglo-Welsh waste trend continues upwards

Higher municipal waste recycling, composting, outweighed by increase in arisings

Municipal waste generation in England and Wales continued to rise in 1999/2000, the UK environment ministry reported today. As a result, significant percentage rises in waste recovery failed to prevent an overall increase in landfilling.

Covering the period April 1999 to March 2000, the Anglo-Welsh statistics show that total municipal waste arisings rose 5% year-on-year to reach 29.3m tonnes. The average amount produced by each household rose by 1 kilogram (kg) to 26kg.

The amount of waste recovered in some way rose by 12% to 5.5m tonnes - the proportion of arisings recycled or composted rose from 9% to 11%, while the proportion incinerated with energy recovery stayed level at 8%. Together these trends helped to cut the proportion of municipal waste going to landfill by one percentage point, to 81%.

Follow Up:
UK environment ministry, tel: +44 20 78 90 30 00, and Anglo-Welsh waste statistics.

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