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Waste: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL14657, tabled on 25 March 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of waste associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered on

12 April 2021

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has not been collecting data specifically on covid-related waste – waste classifications are determined by content rather than context. These figures are published on a regular basis.

We have been working closely with the local authorities and the waste industry to monitor the impact of the pandemic on their services. We have run a regular survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on local authority waste operations, including on levels of waste, the output of which can be found at We also collected informal data through industry discussions and internal surveys across a range of areas such as waste arisings and throughputs.