Half of British households recycle less than 50% of their waste
22nd September 2017 | Recycling
Nearly one in two households in Britain recycle less than 50 per cent of the waste they produce, according to new figures. And many blame supermarkets for using too much packaging on products.
The research also found that one in three people believe the amount of waste their household produces has increased over the past three years. Of those people who have seen a rise in the level of waste they produce, four in ten said it was because their households had become bigger with more under one roof.
But a third blamed retailers for making special offers tempt them into buying too much. A poll of more than 1,000 adults by Renewable Energy Waste Solutions (REWS) reveals that 32 per cent of people believe the amount of waste their households have produced over the past three years has generally increased, compared to one in four who think it has declined. This makes it harder to recycle waste.
One in 12 households says that the amount of waste they produce has increased dramatically since 2014. Experts at REWS said as people produce more waste, landfill sites will struggle to cope and fly-tipping will become more widespread. And fewer people recycle.
Of those households who have seen a rise in the level of waste they produce, 39 per cent said it was because their households had become bigger through, for example, growing families.
However, 33 per cent said it was due to retailers making special offers to encourage people to buy more. Some 23 per cent said it was because their disposable income had increased so they are buying more and 14 per cent said it was due to falling prices.
When it comes to recycling, seven per cent say their households recycle less than 10 per cent of the waste they produce. Some 45 per cent say they recycle less than half of their waste and just one in five think they recycle more than 75 per cent.
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