Latest data shows the need for a strong push to maintain UK recycling performance, says CIWM


16 December 2016

In an initial response to latest recycling statistics from Defra, published yesterday, CIWM’s chief executive Dr Colin Church said:

“After strong progress for more than a decade, it is disappointing to see the UK’s recycling performance starting to slip backwards. CIWM and other sector bodies have been predicting this for some time and Westminster must now sit up, take notice, and demonstrate its commitment to recycling. 

“Difficult market conditions have affected all UK countries, with local authority funding cuts also playing a part, particularly in England. Wales and Scotland have demonstrated that clear policies, targets and focussed efforts can maintain momentum and indeed provide long term savings to councils. However, with England generating 83% of UK household waste they cannot do it alone. Firm endorsement of the WRAP consistency work would help, but we now need a strong push from the Westminster administration.”



Notes to Editors:

  1. CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional body for the waste management sector representing over 6,000 individuals in the UK and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at

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