Commercial Recycling Statistics UK

Commercial Recycling Statistics UK

5 Commercial Recycling Statistics UK

In this blog, we are going to share a range of commercial recycling statistics UK based. Check out 5 statistics below in relation to the UK and their recycling efforts.

Commercial Recycling Stats UK


1. The UK Generated 43.9 Million Tonnes Of Commercial & Industrial Waste In 2018

It is estimated that the UK generated 43.9 million tonnes of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in 2018, of which 37.2 million tonnes (85%) was generated in England. The latest estimates for England only, indicate that C&I waste generation was around 33.8 million tonnes in 2020.

2. Wales Has The Highest Recycling Rate In The UK

Wales has a 65.4% recycling rate, making it rank 4th in the world. They are in fact the only UK nation to of reached the 50% recycling target set by the European Union. Wales had increased from 65.1% in 2019/20 to 65.4% in 2020/21, a new record high.

3. In 2021 63.2% Of UK Packaging Waste Was Recycled

Packaging waste makes up a significant proportion of the UK’s level of total waste. However, a high proportion is recycled. Similarly to 2020, 63.2% of UK packaging waste was recycled in 2021. Examples of packaging waste include paper, plastic and cardboard.

4. The UK Generated 222.2 Million Tonnes Of Total Waste In 2018

England was responsible for 84% of this UK total. Whilst much was sent to landfills, England also has a 45.5% recycling rate and is pushing to reach 50% in the coming years.

5. 2.5 Million Metric Tons Of Plastic Packaging Was Generated In 2021

In 2021, 2.5 million metric tons of plastic packaging was generated, with just 44.1 percent recycled. The packaging materials with the highest recycling rate in 2021 was steel.

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If you are a business creating bulk loads of commercial waste, get in touch with our team. We can collect and recycle your waste materials, pushing the UKs recycling rate together. 

Recycling almost all types of waste, we can help manage a variety of waste streams you may be producing. This will help to cut your carbon footprint and contribute to the sustainability of our planet. Our commercial recycling services operate across the Northamptonshire area for businesses in a range of sectors.


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