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Is Waste Management and Recycling Making a Difference?

Back in 2010, the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 required local authorities in England to provide every household with a separate collection of at least two types of recyclable materials to help improve the state of recycling within the country. Seven years later, and homeowners across the country are still being urged to reduce, reuse and recycle, but has this commitment to the environment made a difference since it was introduced? Craddock Metal Recycling answer the question as to whether waste management and recycling has had an impact on the environment.

On the global scale, the United Kingdom is somewhat of a trendsetter in terms of waste management and recycling. According to figures from the European Environment Agency, the UK and its 39 percent recycling rate mean that it resides in the top bracket for recycling in Europe. Compared to the likes of Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Croatia and Lithuania, the UK’s commitment to the environment is admirable, and it has made a significant difference in terms of waste management and landfill projects in the UK.

Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill has steadily decreased since 2014 as a direct result of recycling and waste management. In 2014, the amount of waste sent to landfill reached 8.7million tonnes, yet legislation and awareness has resulted in the yearly total decreasing annually.

Although these figures mark an improvement in recycling and waste management across the United Kingdom, there is still an effort that needs to be made to catch up with the likes of Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg and Denmark who are leading the way for recycling in Europe. According to a Which? Survey in 2017, homeowners are still making mistakes when it comes to their recycling. The study identifies that organic food waste being left in with dry recycling is one of the main reasons for recycling becoming contaminated; an issue which saw 4 percent of British recycling being rejected in 2015. Despite seeming a measly amount, 4 percent equates to roughly 417,000 tonnes worth of recycling, so the UK has a job to educate homeowners as to what contaminates recycling in order to reduce the amount of rejected materials going forward.

Overall, the United Kingdom has adapted to the Household Waste Recycling Act of 2003 extremely well, yet there is still room for improvement. In terms of the effectiveness of recycling and waste management and if it is making a difference, a reduction in landfill waste and a 40 percent recycling rate suggests that these projects are genuinely improving the recycling situation in the UK.

Much like the United Kingdom, Craddock Metal Recycling have made a significant commitment to the environment through their waste management scheme. To find out more about this service, or any of our other services, contact us on 01527 66866 or leave us a message via our online form.

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