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Digest of waste and resource statistics, 2016 edition

Publication serving as a compendium of key statistics on waste and resource.


Digest of waste and resource statistics, 2016 edition

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The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat. They are collated in this Digest for ease of use. The various sets of data are not all for the same time periods but the most recent available data has been used.

It contains sections on:

  • Resource, including flows and consumption of raw materials, such as metals, minerals,
  • Waste generation and sources of waste,
  • Destiny of waste, eg recycling, incineration,
  • Waste composition
  • Food waste
  • Economic characteristics of the sector,
  • Waste infrastructure,
  • Environmental issues with waste
  • Waste crime
  • EU data on waste

Data uses: The Digest is aimed at a wide audience, including policymakers, analysts and specialists in the Defra network, the Environment Agency, WRAP, other organisations, the waste sector, academia, other researchers and consultancies.

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Published 26 January 2016
Last updated 9 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Revised - figure 6.4 has been corrected due to errors in the formula used to create the index
  2. Table and chart added showing raw material consumption up to 2013, as a result of ONS publishing "How much material is the UK consuming?"
  3. First published.