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Regional Profiles: Environment - South East, 2012

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Decrease in Percentage of Local Authority Collected Waste Sent to Landfill, 2005/06 to 2010/11

Reduction in percentage of local authority collected waste sent to landfill: by region, 2005/06 to 2010/11
Source: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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The South East made the greatest reduction in the percentage of waste sent to landfill.

In the five-year period to 2010/11, the percentage of local authority collected waste sent to landfill decreased the most, from 59.3 per cent in 2005/06 to 32.7 per cent in 2010/11, more than in any other English region. The South East sent the second lowest proportion of waste to landfill in 2010/11.

The South East had the biggest decrease in the percentage of new dwellings built on previously developed land between 2009 and 2010, from 80 per cent to 71 per cent. Between 2001 and 2011 the total stock of dwellings in the region increased by 8.6 per cent, higher than the England average of 7.7 per cent.

The average vehicle flow on the South East’s major roads in 2010 was 26,000 vehicles per km per day, substantially higher than the Great Britain average of 17,300. Between 2001 and 2011 traffic flows on major roads in the South East increased by 0.9 per cent, a lower rate of growth than the average for Great Britain (4.6 per cent).

The South East had the highest level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from domestic and road transport sources, as well as the highest overall level of CO2 emissions in 2010, compared with the other English regions. However, the rate of CO2 emissions per resident in the South East was among the lowest of any region at 7.1 tonnes per person.

The South East is one of the driest regions of the UK. The Southern and Thames Environment Agency areas together cover the majority of the South East as well as London. In 2011 the average rainfall was 630 millimetres (mm) in the Southern area and 550 mm in the Thames area, compared with 1,170 mm across the UK.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes and sources:

    Waste and recycling data are from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

    Numbers of dwellings built on previously developed land, including conversions of existing buildings, are from the Department for Communities and Local Government based on Ordnance Survey records. Estimates for 2010 are provisional.

    Total housing stock estimates between 2002 and 2011 will be adjusted once the 2011 Census dwelling count is available. Data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    Average daily motor vehicle flow is annual traffic divided by road length and number of days in the year. Data are from the National Road Traffic Survey, Department for Transport.

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are measured according to the point of energy consumption. CO2 emissions data are from the Department for Energy Climate and Change.

    Rainfall data are from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology based on Met Office records.  

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 43 - Portrait of the South East, 2011 Edition (Pdf 2327Kb) - This portrait provides a wide range of data giving an overview of what it is like to live or work in the South East. The article presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the south east corner of England. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities in the South East which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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