Projected % of of household waste collected which will be sent for reuse, recycling, composting or anaerobic digestion - based on current year-to-date information
The lockdown saw a significant increase in the tonnage of waste collected from the kerbside. The biggest factor was the increase in people at home, working or furloughed, rather than the closure of the HRC’s. The total tonnages for April and May 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 saw a 565 tonne fall in recycling but only 175 t fall in disposal tonnage. The net effect is a downward pressure on the recycling rate but it will be some months before we can be estimate the impact on the annual figure.
The projected Recycling and Composting rate for Q1 20/21 is 54.22% which is better than the target rate of 52.5%.
The latest national data for England ( for 2017/18) shows the average rate for all English authorities to be 42.02% - performance in Shropshire is within the top quartile of all local authorities in England.
Current performance exceeds the national targets for English councils to recycle 50% of household waste by the end of 2020. The next challenge is to meet the 65% target by the end of 2035.