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UK water and waste management output drops just over 2 per cent

Data from the Office for National Statistics ONS  shows that the UK’s Water and Waste Management sector contracted by 2.2 per cent between January 2012 and January 2013 in the water supply and waste management sector, less than the 2.9 per cent decline seen for overall UK production over the same period.

However, output from waste collection, treatment & disposal activities fell by 9.1 per cent between January 2012 and January 2013, with remediation activities and other waste management services recording a decline of 12.5 per cent.

ONS also reported a 0.2 per cent month-on-month decline in output for the sector between December 2012 and January 2013. In comparison, UK production fell by 2.9 per cent over the same period. ONS reports output as “chained volume incidices of gross valued added”.

Steve Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, spoke to E2B on the subject saying that while the waste management and recycling sector tends to be recession resistant, it is not recession proof and tends to be a “pretty good” barometer of the UK’s economic health. He said that it is known to a fair degree of accuracy that municipal waste is falling by around three per cent a year, varying a lot between different local authorities, but it is not known to CIWM if this is due to belt-tightening or waste prevention measures.

Lee says that municipal waste is out-weighed by waste from industry and commerce and notes that the latest Defra data on this dates back to 2009/10.

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