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England set to hit 25% target next year

England is well on its way to meeting its 25% recycling target for 2005/06 figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show.

Newly published un-audited statistics for 2004/05 suggest that this year England will recycle almost 23% of its waste.

Local Environmental Quality Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "We've doubled the amount we recycle in just four years.

"These figures prove how much more people understand the importance of recycling compared to even just four years ago.

"There's no doubt we can be proud of our progress to date. But now it's time to build on that and start catching up with some of Europe's top recyclers."

He called on England to match eventually rates like those in Germany where 57% is recycled or the Netherlands that recycles 64%.

Bradshaw added: "Every person in England is currently recycling enough to fill eight green wheelie bins, but they could be filling 10 - the equivalent of 60% of their waste.

"In Germany, they recycle almost 60% of their waste. So next year, let's beat our target again of 25% and try instead to be well on the way to our 2010 target of 30%.

Residents in the North West of England boosted their rate of recycling increasing from a 15% rate last year to 20% this year.

But the North East had the lowest recycling rates with 16%, and the East of England the highest with 29%. The East Midlands had the highest growth rate leaping from 20% to 27%.

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) every household could recycle 60% of its waste.

WRAP chief executive Jennie Price said: "We all care about the environment in one way or another, and the great thing about recycling is that it's a really easy way in which we can each make an individual contribution.

"Local authorities have been working hard to boost awareness and to make it much easier for us to recycle. Nearly 80% of England's households now have doorstep recycling schemes - now we all need to make sure we use them."

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