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Durham's recycling rate soars but at a price

Durham County Council has seen its recycling rate soar over the last year, as a result of its successful bid for a £1.6 million grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The money was used to improve facilities at 10 of its 15 civic amenity sites, resulting in recycling rates soaring to an average of over 50% in the past year. Improvements included extending the range and quantity of waste that the county's sites could ...