In 2018/19, the local authorities had collected a total waste volume of 25.43 million metric tons. Of this, up to 10.93 million metric tons was intended for recycling and composting purposes and approximately three million metric tons of the waste was collected for landfills. With regards to Energy-from-waste incineration, waste management services added roughly 11.03 million tons worth of household and non-household sourced garbage. This was the peak in the period of consideration and shows the growing importance of waste to energy plants as a means of disposal.
To deal with waste management more efficiently, there has been a near year-on-year increase in public expenditure. By the end of 2019, the UK government had allocated 8.3 billion British pounds for waste management purposes.
Of UK enterprises in the waste collection, treatment, disposal activities and materials recovery sector, 45 had more than 250 employees. While 550 enterprises within this sector had recorded a turnover of more than five million British pounds for 2018/19.