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Defra publishes new recycling figures

Householders in England are recycling more of their rubbish, according to new Government statistics which show an increase of recycling rates from 31% to 33%.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) today (May 8 2008) published the second provisional municipal waste statistics for 2007-2008 which show an increase in recycling rates and a fall in the amount of waste going to landfill. These provisional results incorporate the second quarter of the financial year (July to September 2007) and are based on information supplied by local authorities to the Defra web-based WasteDataFlow.

From July to September 2007 less waste was sent to landfill, decreasing from 16.9 to 16.1 million tonnes.

Responding to the figures, Local Government Association chairman Paul Bettison said: It is very encouraging to see people doing their bit for the environment by recycling more and reducing this countrys reliance on landfill. Residents and local councils deserve credit for substantially improving our performance on waste and recycling over recent years.

While these figures are a positive move in the right direction, there is an inescapable need to do more. Britain is the dustbin of Europe, throwing more waste into landfill than any other country in the EU. It is pleasing to see our recycling rates reach a high of 33%, but other countries on the continent are still recycling up to twice as much.

Councils and council tax payers are still facing fines of up to £3 billion if we do not dramatically reduce the amount of waste thrown into landfill. It is vital we look at alternatives to the status quo to deliver an ever better deal for the taxpayer.

 

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