UK Recycle more Packaging Waste

22nd April 2009



The UK recycled almost two-thirds of all packaging produced in 2008, according to the latest figures from Defra and the Environment Agency (EA).


This equates to the recovery of more than seven million tonnes of packaging waste, of which 6.6 million tonnes were recycled. This is the equivalent of saving roughly 8.9 million tonnes of CO2.


All EU Member States have targets set by the EU on packaging recycling and recovery. The 2008 targets were recycling 55% and recovering 60% of packaging across the year.


There are specific targets for a range of recyclable materials and the UK has met or exceeded all its targets:


• Paper - 79.8% recycled (target 60%);
• Glass - 61.3% recycled (target 60%);
• Metal - 56.9% recycled (target 50%);
• Plastic - 23.7% recycled (target 22.5%);
• Wood - 78.5% recycled (target 15%).


More information can be found on the Defra website, at