Hucknall folk each producing more than three washing machines-worth of waste a year

Residents in Hucknall and across Ashfield produce more than 350kg of waste each in a year, figures reveal.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 11:56 am

The means the amount of waste produced by each resident last year is heavier than three washing machines.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs data shows that Ashfield District Council collected 352.8 kg of household waste per person from homes in the area in 2019-20 – though that was 26.8 kg less than five years earlier.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy said there is an ‘urgent need’ to completely overhaul how waste collection and disposal is approached, with more responsibility on producers to reduce packaging.

Ashfield residents produced more than 350kg of waste each last year. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Ashfield residents produced more than 350kg of waste each last year. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Of the waste collected from homes in Ashfield, 37.1 per cent was sent for reuse, recycling or composting – five years ago the rate was 32.5 per cent.

This is well below the rate for the East Midlands, where 44.2 per cent of household waste was sent for recycling or reuse in 2019-20.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive officer at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Recycling rates have stalled for a decade.

"The hope is that the Environment Bill will see the crucial measures outlined in the government’s resources and waste strategy actually come about.

"These include extended producer responsibility, a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and consistent recycling collections, including food waste, which if they happen will make all the difference and get us where we need to be in terms of our current goals.

"If, through introducing these measures, we can dramatically reduce the amount of packaging reaching the market, ensure that refillable options are incentivised and insist all single-use packaging is 100 per cent closed loop recyclable consistently across the national, then, and only then, we will hit our goals."

Residents across the East Midlands produced 436.3 kg of household waste per person in 2019-20 – 83.5 kg more than in Ashfield.

Coun David Renard, environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: "We are very pleased that the management of household waste continues to head in the right direction, with kilograms of waste per person reducing.

"Now that local authorities have helped the nation get into a good position, we look forward to the introduction of extended producer responsibility and deposit return schemes so that the producers of packaging and drinks containers can start to cover the costs."