The annual rate of recycling of ‘waste from households’ was 44.2 per cent in 2013 and continues to be stable with just a slight increase from 44.1 per cent in 2012. Over 40 per cent of recycling of this waste was organic waste comprising of separately collected food waste and other organics such as garden waste. Separately collected food waste increased by 18.7 per cent in 2013 while other organic waste (mainly garden waste) dropped by 6.0 per cent. Dry recycling increased by 0.4 per cent in 2013.
The annual rate of disposal of ‘waste from households’ to landfill and incineration was 45.5 per cent in the year to December 2013. It is declining steadily having been 54.5 per cent over the 2010 calendar year. Over the year to December 2013, 7.1 million tonnes of ‘waste from households’ went to landfill and 2.7 million tonnes to incineration.