Recession dampens growth in post-consumer recycling

Recycling of post-consumer waste showed only a modest advance in 1991. The tonnages recovered increased as expected for most materials as new local authority collection schemes came on stream, but industry is blaming the recession for hitting what might otherwise have been a better performance.

The table summarises the changes in post-consumer recycling in 1991. Recycling rates for glass, paper and steel showed only limited increases, while that for aluminium remains well under 10%. Plastics recycling has barely got off the ground. The higher growth for aluminium and plastics reflects their lower starting volumes.

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