East Riding residents produce nearly 500kg of waste a year, according to new figures

Residents in the East Riding produce nearly 500kg of waste each in a year, figures reveal.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:55 pm
East Riding of Yorkshire Council collected 499.7 kg of household waste per person from homes in 2019-2020.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs data shows that East Riding of Yorkshire Council collected 499.7 kg of household waste per person from homes in the area in 2019-20 – though that was 11.5 kg less than five years earlier.

The amount of waste produced by each resident last year is nearly as heavy as five washing machines.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy said there is an “urgent need” to completely overhaul how waste collection and disposal is approached, with more responsibility on producers to reduce packaging.

Of the waste collected from homes in the East Riding, 63.3% was sent for reuse, recycling or composting – five years ago the rate was 57.5%.

This is well above the rate for Yorkshire and Humber, where 44.2% of household waste was sent for recycling or reuse in 2019-20.

Across England, 407.3 kg of rubbish per person were collected from homes in the year to March.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive officer at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Recycling rates have stalled for a decade.

“The hope is that the Environment Bill will see the crucial measures outlined in the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy actually come about. These include Extended Producer Responsibility, a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers and consistent recycling collections, including food waste, which if they happen will make all the difference and get us where we need to be in terms of our current goals.”

Councillor David Renard, environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: “We are very pleased that the management of household waste continues to head in the right direction, with kilograms of waste per person reducing.

“Now that local authorities have helped the nation get into a good position, we look forward to the introduction of extended producer responsibility and deposit return schemes so that the producers of packaging and drinks containers can start to cover the costs.”