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Source: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Recycling rate exlcudes IBAm (Incineration bottom ash metal)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

National recycling rate as a proportion of waste collected

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Available disaggregations

Recycling rate = ‘Recycled’ as a percentage of ‘Arisings’, excluding IBAm (Incineration bottom ash metal)

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 09 December 2021
Metadata last updated 09 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

National recycling rate, tons of material recycled

Target name

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), UN Environment (UNEP)

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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 15 July 2021
Next release


Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Other information

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