During 2018 we generated 2,026 tons of waste across our occupied estate in the UK and US. Of the UK and US total, 82 per cent was diverted from landfill through recycling or incineration.
It is challenging to obtain a complete and accurate picture of waste produced across our global estate, particularly across our Asian sites where the predominant practice is for waste to be managed by the buildings landlord. Ensuring complete and accurate data will remain an ongoing focus area for 2019.
We continue to collaborate with our suppliers to seek opportunities to increase our recycling rate. We do not currently report the waste associated with our products and services as this is considered immaterial to our overall waste footprint. Further, as an office-based business, we are not large producers of hazardous waste (1 per cent of UK waste) and so do not currently capture this in our global reporting. We continue to review the use of disposable plastics used in our offices.
Recycling trends within the investment estate can be challenging to manage due to the changing nature of the portfolio and lack of control over waste generated and managed by occupiers. However, landfill diversion remains high with over 94% of managed waste from our properties diverted away from this disposal route through recycling and recovery.