Defra has published provisional estimates from the Departments survey of municipal waste in England, incorporating the third quarter of the 2008/09 financial year (October to December 2008). These results are based on information supplied by local authorities to WasteDataFlow. These data are provisional; final figures will be released in the annual National Statistics release in November 2009.
Total municipal waste decreased by 0.8 million tonnes in the year to end December 2008, decreasing from 28.5 million tonnes to 27.7 million tonnes, or 3.0 pc. A decrease in total household waste was observed, from 25.3 to 24.6 million tonnes. Less waste was sent to landfill, decreasing from 15.5 to 14.2 million tonnes.
There was an increase in the household recycling rate, from the average rate of 34.5 pc between April 2007 and March 2008 to 36.9 pc between January and December 2008. The average residual household waste (which is the amount of household waste which is not recycled) decreased from 328 kg per head between April 2007 and March 2008 to 306 kg per head between January and December 2008.
The tables showing summary estimates, by region, and a more detailed description of the data and methodology can be found in a statistical note on the Defra website at defra.gov.uk(2). The Provisional quarterly statistics can be downloaded from defra.gov.uk(2).