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Scilly Amounts Of Waste

by | 7 September 2023

In a surprising revelation, the tiny Isles of Scilly has been found to produce the most waste per capita in the entirety of England. This comes as a stark contrast to the common belief that larger, more populated areas would naturally generate more waste.

The study, carried out by the National Skip Hire Company, Reliable Skip, delved deep into the waste collection data of 2022. The research analysed the total waste collected by each Local Authority and juxtaposed it with the respective population to discern the regions producing the most waste.

The results were startling. The Council of the Isles of Scilly, with its modest population of 2,271, managed to top the list. The area saw a collection of 1,727 tonnes of waste, translating to a staggering 7,605 tonnes for every 10,000 residents.

Following closely, Westminster City Council secured the second spot. The council reported a collection of 155,708 tonnes of waste for its 205,087 residents, resulting in 7,592 tonnes per 10,000 population.

The third place was claimed by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. With a waste collection of 204,162 tonnes for its 343,143 residents, the waste per 10,000 population stood at 5,950 tonnes.

Other notable mentions include Shropshire and North Lincolnshire Council, ranking fourth and fifth respectively. Their waste production per 10,000 population was recorded at 5,534 and 5,506 tonnes.

Paul Bennett, the Operations Director at Reliable Skip, weighed in on the findings, stating, “It’s intriguing to observe that amidst all these larger regions, a diminutive authority like the Isles of Scilly reigns supreme. Despite its population of just 2,271, the waste produced per capita is among the highest in the nation. It’s also worth noting that only two areas from London made it to the top 10. This challenges the preconceived notion that residing in the country’s largest and most densely populated city equates to generating more waste.”

This study not only sheds light on the waste production patterns across England but also underscores the need for effective waste management strategies, especially in areas that might have been previously overlooked due to their smaller population.


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