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Appendix K1: Assumed Composition of Kerbside Refuse Collections

Assumed composition of kerbside collections of refuse % of total
Paper Recyclable 13.5%
Multi-material/other 0.9%
Subtotal 14.4%
Plastics Recyclable 1.9%
Multi-material/other 12.5%
Subtotal 14.4%
Putrescibles Kitchen waste 38.3%
Green waste 4.3%
Multi-material/other 5.1%
Subtotal 47.7%
Ferrous metals Primarily ferrous 2.3%
Multi-material/other 0.4%
Subtotal 2.7%
Non-ferrous metals   0.6%
Glass Recyclable 5.4%
Multi-material/other 0.8%
Subtotal 6.2%
Textiles Clothing/textiles 1.4%
Multi-material/other 0.7%
Subtotal 2.1%
Nappies and sanitary   8.8%
Rubble Concrete 0.4%
Other 1.5%
Subtotal 1.9%
Timber Unpainted and untreated 0.2%
Fabricated 0.2%
Multi-material/other 0.2%
Subtotal 0.5%
Rubber   0.1%
Potentially hazardous   0.8%
  Total 100%

Note: Totals/subtotals may not sum exactly due to rounding.

Waste Not has collected an extensive range of data on this type of domestic refuse, and has tailored the composition data to suit the types of services available to householders.