The chart below shows total household waste (tonnes) for each year since 2000/01.
Total household waste volumes rose to a peak of 850,000 tonnes in 2002/03, since when they have declined, although they have increased again since 2014/15 to 796,911 tonnes in 2015/16. Waste volumes are affected by a range of factors, including:
Waste prevention work by Project Integra partners (behavioural change initiatives, home compost bin distribution) and others
Changes in collection policies (alternating weekly collections, restrictions on side waste)
Changes in packaging and manufacturing
Trade waste controls at Household Waste Recycling Centres (2008/09)
Wider economic conditions
Changes in populations and demographics
Recycling and Composting
Reused, Recycle and Composting 2000/01 to 2015/16
Recycling rates rose to a high of 38% in 2008/9, as a result of:
the extension of kerbside recycling collections to cover almost all households in our area
increasing the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside
Addition of further recycling points and Household Waste Recycling Centres
Increasing the provision of kerbside garden waste collections
Increasing awareness amongst the public.
In recent years, the recycling rate has leveled off or even reduced. This has been reflected nationally, and is due to a range of factors including changing consumer behavior, and changes in packaging materials.
Our three energy recovery facilities were commissioned between 2003 and 2005.
The dramatic increase in the amount of waste from which we recover energy is illustrated in the chart above.
The proportion of municipal waste we send to landfill has reduced dramatically as a result of the increases in recycling and energy recovery. We now send a lower proportion of waste to landfill than any other county in the UK.