The amount sent to incinerators shot up by almost a quarter - while the amount sent for recycling went up by barely a single percentage point.
The leap in incineration follows the imposition of fortnightly collections - compulsory recycling schemes in which general refuse is collected only once a fortnight and those who break the rules face draconian fines - on half the homes in the country since 2005.
The fortnightly schemes proved highly unpopular, so councils have been attempting to bring in alternatives, including straightforward limits on the amount of non-recycling rubbish they will collect from homes, and complicated ‘slopbucket’ schemes in which food waste is collected separately from other refuse.
But even as the compulsory recycling schemes were brought in, the rate of increase in the amount of rubbish recycled was slowing, DEFRA’s figures showed.
Via Bert Guevara