Regulating the waste industry: 2014 evidence summary
- Environment Agency
- Part of:
- Environment Agency data on business environmental performance
- 13 July 2015
- Last updated:
- 7 September 2015, see all updates
The waste industry: Environment Agency statistics on environmental performance, pollution incidents and illegal waste.
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The way society manages waste has changed radically over the last 20 years. More waste is recycled and reused than ever before.
This has brought significant environmental benefits, but the many new and innovative waste treatments now available may cause increased risk to the environment if not properly managed.
This document shows facts and statistics, updated with 2014 data, about the number of permits the Environment Agency issued to the waste industry, and the amount of waste that was recycled, reused or sent to landfill. It also gives details of environmental consequences including:
- number of serious pollution incidents relating to the waste industry
- the waste industry’s environmental performance
- facts about illegal waste
Published: 13 July 2015
Updated: 7 September 2015
- Correction to the numbers of permits refused and revoked in the chart of poor permit compliance on page 7.
- First published.