Household waste content breakdown in England 2010-2018

Residual waste makes up the majority of household waste amassed in England. In 2018, local authority services collected 12.2 million tons of such waste. By comparison, recycling waste volumes reached 9.8 million tons that year, of which dry recycling accounted for 5.9 metric tons.

Composition of household waste in England from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Residual waste includes waste from households’ regular collections e.g. black bags, bulky waste, household civic amenity waste, ‘other household waste’ and rejects from recycling.
Dry recycling includes paper and card, glass, plastic, waste electrical and electronic equipment, scrap metals as well as other materials.
Other organics includes green garden waste, mixed garden and food waste, wood for composting and other compostable waste.

Figures were rounded.

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