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Infographic: which UK region recycles the most household waste?

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by Samantha Gibson

Which UK region recycles the most household waste?

Research from Hillarys, leading interiors expert in blinds, curtains, shutters and carpets, shows that the UK recycles just 45% of its waste – considerably less than Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany, who are known to recycle around 60% of their waste.                              

What’s more, the UK sends - on average - 18 million tonnes of waste to landfill each year, with each person throwing away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.

The research was done as part of an ongoing study into people’s home recycling and energy saving habits across the UK. Off the back of the research, the team have created five infographics highlighting the overall figures for the UK as a whole, as well as drilling down into regions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What's happening?

In Scotland, residents living in Mid Scotland & Fife are known to be the most environmentally friendly, recycling up to 55.15% of their household waste, followed by Lothian (51.26%) and Central (48.46%).

However, Scotland is also home to the lowest levels of recycling, with Glasgow recycling just 25.2% of waste.

Those living in England came slightly lower than the top three in Scotland, with residents in the East of England recycling on average 47% of their household waste. They were followed by those living in the South West (46.95%) and the West Midlands (44.5%)

How can we help?

Residents in Northern Ireland were slightly lower than the UK average too, with those in the North Eastern region most environmentally conscious, recycling up to 44.5%, followed by the South Eastern region (43.33%) and the Southern region (42.65%).

Those living in Wales didn’t quite match up to the rest of the UK, with those in Mid Wales recycling on average 40.15%. They were followed by the South West (38.36%) and the South East (36.06%).

The infographics also highlight key figures around plastic production and household waste.

You can find the infographics for each country below. 

Northern Ireland




The UK 

The findings from this research are certainly interesting, and seeing these facts presented visually really helps us to understand our impact on the environment.