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2019/20 Defra Waste Statistics


Surrey Environment Partnership results

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Background


This report provides a summary of the 2019/20 Defra local authority waste statistics for the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP).

Defra published annual National Statistics on local authority waste management in 2019/20 on 3rd March 2021. These statistics covered the 2019/20 financial year and were based on data sourced from Waste Data Flow. The statistics are usually published with a lag of eight months after year-end to allow time for the data to be collated and quality assured. However, this latest publication was delayed as a number of local authorities experienced difficulties with submitting their data to Defra in time, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Surrey Environment Partnership monitors performance against three measures:

• Collected household waste per person.
• Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling, or composting.
• Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill.

Although performance is already reported to the Partnership quarterly, the annual Defra publication provides an opportunity to make comparisons between Surrey and the other 30 English two-tier authorities.

In addition, the 2015 Joint Municipal Waste Strategy (JMWS) put in place targets for each of the three performance measures, all to be achieved by 2019/20. The Defra statistics now allow us to report the final performance against each of these targets.

Headline results and comparison with 2018/19


The headline results are as follows:

• Collected household waste per person – up by 0.7kg year-on-year; national ranking down from eighth to tenth.
• Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling, or composting – up by 0.7 percentage points year-on-year, national ranking up from joint fourth to third.
• Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill – down by 4.4 percentage points year-on-year, national ranking up from eighteenth to seventeenth.

The table below shows the final 2019/20 results, and where Surrey ranks amongst the 31 English two-tier authorities for each of the SEP performance measures.

 2018/192019/20Change
SurreyRankSurreyRankSurreyRank
Collected household waste per person (kg)423.38424.010+0.7
-2
Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting55.3%456.0%3+0.7 pp+1
Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill10.8%18
6.4%
17-4.4 pp+1

Collected household waste per person


Headline results are as follows:

• 2019/20 waste per person = 424.0 kg, up by 0.7 kg (0.2%) from 423.3 kg in 2018/19.
• Surrey ranked 10th of 31 two-tier authorities in England – down two places from the previous year.
• Overall District & Borough tonnages increased year-on-year (2.6%). This increase was largely driven by garden waste (up 10.5%), kerbside residual waste (up 0.9%), and DMR (up 0.8%). The published figures also indicate that there was a year-on-year reduction in food waste, although we believe this was due to tonnages having been over-reported in the previous year.
• CRC tonnages have reduced at an increased rate compared to the previous year and were down by over 3,500 tonnes year-on-year (7.5%).
• 2019/20 was the first year that there has been an increase in this measure since 2013/14.
• Total household waste tonnages have decreased by around 1% since 2010/11. There has been an overall shift from residual to recycling; residual waste as a proportion of total waste has decreased from 53.6% in 2010/11 to 44.0% in 2019/20.

The JMWS target was to be in the top quartile of English two-tier authorities by 2019/20 (i.e. the top 8 authorities). In 2019/20, Surrey was ranked outside the top quartile.

These results are presented in Charts 1 to 3 below.

Chart 1: Collected household waste per person – all two-tier authorities, 2019/20

Chart 2: Collected household waste per person – Surrey, 2010/11-2019/20

Chart 3: Total collected household waste – Surrey, 2010/11-2019/20

Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting


Headline results are as follows:

• 2019/20 recycling rate = 56.0%, up 0.7 percentage points from 55.3% in 2018/19.
• Surrey now ranked 3rd of 31 two-tier authorities in England – up from equal 4th in 2018/19.
• Surrey has consistently been above the national average for the 31 English two-tier authorities (43.8%). The gap increased slightly in 2019/20 with Surrey now 12.2 percentage points above the national average.
• Districts & Boroughs saw a small increase in the overall kerbside recycling rate.
• Increases were observed in kerbside garden waste tonnages (up 10.2%) and DMR tonnages (up 0.8%). Food waste tonnages showed a year-on-year reduction, although we believe this was due to tonnages having been over-reported in the previous year.
• CRC garden waste tonnages continued to fall, although in absolute terms the decrease in these tonnages was less than the increase in kerbside tonnages.
The JMWS target was to have a Joint Strategy recycling rate of 70% by 2019/20. The Joint Strategy rate has a wider scope than the Defra published rate – it includes some sweepings and non-clean wood – and is generally around 4 percentage points higher than the Defra rate. The Joint Strategy rate for 2019/20 was 60.1%. Although this was up 0.8 percentage points from 59.3% in 2018/19, it was still below the level of the target.

These results are presented in Charts 4 to 7 below.

Chart 4: Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling, or composting – all two-tier authorities, 2019/20 

Chart 5: Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting – Surrey, 2010/11-2019/20

Chart 6: Recycling tonnages – by type of material, 2018/19 & 2019/20

Chart 7: Recycling rates – Top 7 Waste Disposal Authorities, 2014/15-2019/20

Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill


Headline results are as follows:

• 2019/20 waste to landfill = 6.4%, down by 4.4 percentage points from 10.8% in 2018/19.
• Surrey now ranked 17th of 31 two-tier authorities in England, up from 18th in 2018/19.

The JMWS target was to have zero waste being sent to landfill by 2019/20. However, Surrey was still sending waste to landfill in 2019/20.

These results are shown in Charts 8 and 9 below.

Chart 8: Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill – all two-tier authorities, 2019/20

Chart 9: Percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill – Surrey, 2010/11-2019/20

See also



Surrey’s target

70%

70% of Surrey’s waste should be recycled.