According to the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) every UK household could recycle 60% of its waste. Higher household recycling rates are achieved through the separation of recyclables at source. In the UK recycling credits of approximately £40-£50 per tonne are payable in respect of household waste. Recyclables are collected and delivered to a central collection facility, where the different types of materials are sorted.

Household waste

A large amount of recyclable material is crucial in order for a recycling programme to work. In the UK local authority collection schemes have helped with increasing recycling, while some attempts have been made at reducing the amount of waste arisings. Much of the rubbish ending up in the bin is packaging materials of which a proportion is accountable as residual waste i.e., not easily recyclable. Manufacturers have looked for technological improvements to reduce the weight of packaging materials.

Household Waste Percentage
Garden waste 20%
Paper and board 18%
Kitchen waste 17%
Sweepings 9%
Glass 7%
Scrap metal/white goods   5%
Wood/Furniture 5%
Dense plastic 4%
Plastic film 3%
Soil 3%
Textiles 3%
Metal cans/foil 3%
Disposable nappies 2%

Amazon Books
Image of Recycle? (Why Should I)
Author: Jen Green
Publisher: Wayland (2002)
Binding: Paperback, 32 pages