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1 Measuring recycling in the UK Cindy Lee Waste Data Strategy Manager

2 Source: EU Waste Statistics Regulation 2010. Excludes mining waste.

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4 UK recycling and recovery targets European Union Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC)  50% recycling household & similar waste by 2020  70% recovery construction & demolition waste by 2020 Domestic recycling targets – example Scotland  60% household waste by 2020  70% construction & demolition waste by 2020  70% of all waste by 2025

5 How do we measure recycling? Household data from WasteDataFlow Commercial and industrial data for a range of different sources including  sample surveys  models  regulatory returns from permitted sites

6 Household waste recycling Data reported by 430 UK local authorities in one system WasteDataFlow data collection system used since 2006 Generation and treatment data from same source Recycling rate calculated with relative ease www.wastedataflow.org

7 Source: WasteDataFlow

8 Commercial and industrial waste recycling Currently no single UK system for data collection Waste handled by  local authorities  private waste management companies  reprocessors Generation and treatment data from different sources Recycling rate is more difficult to determine

9 Challenges for measuring recycling Movement of waste between different countries within the UK Exports from the UK Not all activities that carry out recycling are required to report Materials meeting end of waste criteria are not recorded in regulatory returns Long management chains

10 Long management chains, bold

11 New initiatives that will help improve data quality New regulations for separate collection of recyclable materials Quality standards for Material Recovery Facilities Electronic Duty of Care (edoc)

12 New regulations across the UK Requirement for separate collection of recyclable materials  paper, plastic, glass and metal  easier to track and measure Code of Practice for Material Recovery Facilities  more comprehensive data on material quality  assessment of contamination/rejects  potential to improve quality of data on recycling

13 Electronic Duty of Care (edoc) UK system for replacing paper waste transfer notes with electronic records Will provide a more complete and accurate picture of generation and movement of non-hazardous waste around the UK Four year programme co-financed by the European Commission (LIFE+) and UK partners To go live in January 2014 www.edoconline.co.uk

14 Thank you here – 32pt, bold Cindy Lee +44 (0)1786 433943 cindy.lee@zerowastescotland.org.uk


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