The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) ran a conference on 23 October entitled “Recovered Materials: Navigating the Global Economic Slowdown”.
At the conference, WRAP reported that in 2007, 110 million tonnes of material, with an economic value of £3.7 billion, were collected for recycling in the UK. Of this material, 97 million tonnes was processed in the UK.
A breakdown of these figures by material is given in the following table.
Material stream Collected Processed in UK Aggregates and soil 71.3 71.3 Metals/WEEE/ELV 13.0 5.0 Paper and card 8.5 4.0 Green waste 4.2 4.2 Food waste 2.0 2.0 Glass 1.8 1.5 Wood 1.8 1.8 Other 8.0 7.2 Total 110.6 97.0
Processed in UK
Aggregates and soil
Paper and card
Figures for England are not available separately.
It is important to note that data on recycling capacity is highly dependent on the point in the recycling chain (from collection, through sorting and reprocessing, to end-use) at which the measurement is made. For this reason, a single estimate of the UK’s overall recycling capacity is not available.
For the period 2008-09 to 2010-11, DEFRA is making £185 million of grant funding available to local authorities through the Waste Infrastructure Capital Grant (WICG) and £60 million through the London Waste and Recycling Fund. These un-ringfenced capital grants will be paid to upper tier and unitary authorities in recognition of the need to provide waste infrastructure, such as recycling and composting facilities, in time to help England meet landfill targets.