Waste in the UK

Did you know, British households dispose of around 22 million tons of waste into the bin each year. Rates of recycling have also decreased to around 44%, although the target was set at 50% by 2020.

Maybe the issue lies within the current system in Britain, particularly when shining a light on how we recycle our own plastic waste, as large quantities are shipped off to other countries.

In 2002, the amount of waste the UK transports abroad, to countries including Malaysia, China, Poland, and Turkey, has increased by six times the amount – accounting for half of the packaging reported as recycled back in 2017.

Concerns have also been raised over the fact that certain materials were not recycled to UK standard, which is alternatively shifted to landfill and contributing to environmental pollution.

Recycling rates from councils, that serve 14 million households in England alone, have dramatically declined from 2013, according to BBC News analysts.

Surprisingly, only half of local authorities recycled smaller amounts of household waste between 2016-17 compared to proportions in 2011-12. Despite warnings from experts, the UK is on track to miss its recycling target, which leaves the question, are actions being taken to secure such success?

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