Data released by the European Commission has shown that in 2015 the UK went beyond its 95% recycling and recovery target. Because it can take up to 2 years for the European commission to compile the data, these latest results show that the UK achieved a total of 96.9% in recycling and recovering vehicles up from 90.7% in 2014. The percentage has been increasing since 2010 when the figure was 83.5% but this is the first time the UK has exceeded its target.
Another interesting figure when compared to 2014 was the total amount of ELVs (cars and light commercial vehicles) being down. In 2014 1,106,846 ELVs were recycled, whereas in 2015 it was only 995,527. The number of tonnes of ELV waste created in the UK equated to 1,074,747 tonnes in 2014 and only 966,657 in 2015.
Yearly tonnage of ELVs
Throughout Europe the UK lies 6th in recycling and reuse charts with Finland and Poland being at the top. Italy was the lowest with 84%. The overall recycling and recovery percentage for the whole of the EU was 93.4%.