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Total commercial and industrial (C&I) waste generation in England in 2009 was 48 million tonnes, a 29% decrease from the 67.9 million tonnes recorded in the previous national survey of business waste, which was held in 2002-03.
Over the same period, the number of businesses has grown by 10%. Industrial waste is down by 36% compared with 2002– 03, while the amount of commercial waste in the waste stream has fallen by 21% over the same period.
During that time, the number of industrial businesses in England declined by 18%. By contrast, the business population in the commercial sector was up 12%.
Recycling rates have also improved. Fifty-two per cent of C&I waste was recycled or reused in England in 2009, compared with 42% in 2002–03.
And, whereas 41% of C&I waste was sent to landfill in 2002–03, less than one-quarter (23%) went to landfill in 2009.
In December 2018, the government released its resources and waste strategy for England, announcing its plan to address resource efficiency and the ‘market failure’ of waste production.
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