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Britain outside recycling top ten

Great Britain lags behind most European countries and the USA on the recycling front, according to research commissioned by a recycling bin supplier.

Recyling Bins said it has studied municipal solid waste data from several countries and produced a report on how much waste each nation separates for recycling.

At the top of Recyling Bins’ rankings are: Austria, with 63%; Germany with 62%; and Belgium, with 50%. For the full top 10, see below.

Great Britain made 11th place with a 39% recycling rate, closely followed by Slovenia, with 37%; and Spain, Italy and Ireland at 35%.

Jon Horsfield, director at Recycling Bins said, “We were surprised that when all of the data is tallied up, Great Britain can only manage eleventh placed on the list as we know that strides have been made in recent years.

“Over 60% of the rubbish we produce as a country isn’t currently being recycled which shows what a tremendous strain is being placed on landfills and the sheer volume of materials that are being discarded where other countries are finding other uses for them.”

Recycling Bins’ research is based on data from the European Environment Agency and the US Environmental Protection Agency for the period 2001-2010.

Top 10 countries for recycling rate:

1) Austria - 63%

2) Germany - 62%

3) Belgium - 50%

3) Switzerland - 50%

5) USA - 49%

6) Sweden - 49%

7) Netherlands - 48%

8) Luxembourg - 46%

9) Norway - 42%

10) Denmark - 40%

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