The UK waste sector can now start to make a serious contribution to UK GDP after making its long-awaited return to growth in the second quarter.

According to the latest Index of Production from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), waste sector output rose by three per cent from April-June 2013 compared with the first three months of the year.

Mrw.co.uk says this hints at a return to profitability and revenues from waste-related activities following warning signs at the tail end of last year.

Output in the waste sector dropped by 1.1 per cent from October-December 2012, although the report’s most recent findings suggest this was simply a blip in the grand scheme of things.

Elsewhere in Q2 of 2013, activities related to waste collection – including the emptying of recycling bins – as well as the treatment and disposal of waste lifted by 1.2 per cent.

A summary of the research at ons.gov.uk attributed this to the recent uptake in recycling across many parts of Britain, as well as the strength of the industry.

An improvement was also noted in the remediation of waste and the demand for waste management services, which combined went up by two per cent.

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