Recycling and waste

Recycling and waste

Mother and child putting waste in recycling bin

Taking action on waste is essential, since we are consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate and contributing unnecessarily to climate change.

Each year we generate about 100 million tonnes of waste from households, commerce and industry combined. Most of this currently ends up in landfill, where biodegradable waste generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. And much valuable energy is used up in making new products which are later disposed of, so also contributing to climate change.

Waste Strategy 2007 cover

Recycle on the Go

People will soon find it easier to recycle when they’re out and about. "Recycle on the Go" is a new drive to put accessible recycling bins in public places. A good practice guide and a code of practice will help to make recycling easy and accessible.

Read more about "Recycle on the Go"...

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Following the publication of Waste Strategy for England 2007 we will be updating other areas in this website. For further information on various issues surrounding waste, see the following sections:

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Page last modified: 28 October 2008
Page published: 5 February 2003

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs