Number of household plastic packaging waste items thrown away in the UK 2022

Estimated number of plastic packaging items thrown away each year by households in the United Kingdom as of 2022

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Release date

July 2022


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2022

Number of respondents

97,948 household submissions

Supplementary notes

During one week in May 2022, 97,948 households in the UK counted how many plastic packaging items they threw away. In total, 6.44 million pieces of plastic packaging waste were counted, giving an average of 66 items per household per week.

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