ARCHIVE: Key Facts about: Waste and Recycling
Recycling and recovery from packaging: 1998-2005
The amount of packaging entering the UK waste stream is estimated to be around 10 million tonnes. It is estimated that around half of this packaging waste comes from the commercial and industrial waste stream and half from household waste.
Estimates show the packaging waste stream is made up of various materials including paper (36 per cent), glass (24 per cent), plastics (18 per cent), wood (14 per cent), steel (7 per cent) and aluminium (1 per cent).
The recycling/recovery rates of packaging waste has increased from 28/33 per cent in 1998 to 55/60 per cent in 2005.
For further information please visit Defra packaging and packaging waste.
- Sustainable Development Indicators:
- Sustainable consumption and production: Waste
- Sustainable consumption and production: Household waste and recycling
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Page last modified: 28 September 2006
Page published: 28 September 2006