Local authority collected household waste per capita in England 2010-2018

Household waste volumes per person in England declined slightly between 2010 and 2018. Figures dropped to below 400 kilograms for the first time in 2018, with 394 kilograms in household waste collected per person that year. The region which generated the largest volume of residual waste per household was the North East of England, where an average of 593 kilograms of waste was generated per person in 2018/19.

Recycling rates slowing down

From 2000/01 to 2011/12, the recycling rates of household waste in England increased steadily from just 11.2 percent to 43 percent. However, since then there has been no noticeable increase in recycling rates. In fact, in 2015/2016, recycling rates dropped slightly to levels last seen in 2011/2012. In 2019, the UK Government set out plans to overhaul the waste system. One proposal to improve household recycling levels was to introduce more consistent sets of recyclable materials, such as separate food waste collection.

Food waste

Food waste is a growing concern worldwide, with an estimated 1.6 billion metric tons going to waste each year. This is approximately one third of the total food produced globally. In 2017, 75 kilograms of food per capita was wasted in the UK. In comparison, Italy, which has a similar population size to the UK generated 145 kilograms of food waste per capita.

Volume of household waste collected by local authorities per capita in England from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2010 to 2017

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