The waste system, in the UK, is one of the most underutilised systems of its kind, according to a new report from the charity Waste Management.
The waste management charity says it has analysed more than 1.5 million tonnes of waste generated from around the world and found that less than one-third of the waste that reaches landfill is recycled, with just over two thirds coming from household waste.
Waste management charity WasteManagement says that waste from the UK is one in 10 tonnes of the country’s waste, which amounts to an average of one-fifth of all UK-generated waste.
While that is a lot of waste, it is dwarfed by other nations where household waste is significantly larger, like the US and Germany, which collectively generate around a quarter of all global waste.
The problem is particularly acute in the poorest regions of the UK where households spend significantly more than half of their household income on household waste, according the report.
The report found that while most households spend less than 1% of their gross income on food and drink, a third of the household waste that ends up in landfill is produced by households who spend over 90% of household income.
The report also found that over two-thirds of household waste ends up as “unburnable” by landfill, meaning it is not suitable for human consumption.
In the UK alone, the report found, over 40% of all household waste generated in 2010 was unusable by landfill.
It comes as the British government has launched a new campaign to encourage more households to waste less.
The campaign, called “Keep It Simple,” is designed to make household waste more accessible and reduces the need for packaging, packaging, and waste.
A new website called Waste Simplicity is currently available in the US, and is set to launch in the rest of the world this week.
This week’s campaign campaign is being run by the Campaign for Smart Waste, which has launched an online campaign to highlight the fact that there are only two ways for a household to consume household waste: either via recycling or by dumping it.
“We are making it as easy as possible to dispose of household rubbish, using smart, modern waste management technology,” said Matt White, CEO of the Campaign.
According to the Campaign, more than 20 million household waste are collected every year in the United Kingdom, and nearly 30 million tonnes are disposed of in landfill each year.
“It is the third most expensive waste in the country after air pollution and road pollution, and the fourth most costly waste on a per capita basis,” said White.
“The Waste Simplification Programme is designed not only to make our waste management more efficient, but also to ensure that it is better for the environment.”
With this initiative, we hope to make sure that household waste recycling and composting are part of the conversation, not just part of our waste reduction plan.
“This article first appeared on Wired UK.