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English recycling at its quarterly highest in 2013 Q2

Councils recycling rate in England between April and June 2013 was 46.2%, the highest rate for that quarter since records began.

However, the latest Defra statistics on waste managed by local authorities also indicated that the annualised recycling rate rose only slightly to 43.3% in the year to June in comparison to that in March 2013.

Waste arising remained relatively unchanged at 22.7 million tonnes.

The figures continued the trend of sluggish growth in recycling rates in England after Defra in November reported a less than one percentage point increase in the annual recycling rate for 2012/2013.

The rate has remained just over 43% since March 2012, while it had increased some two percentage points in each of the previous three years.

England is expected to recycle at least 50% of its waste by 2020 under a European target.

Colin Church, Defra’s director of resource, atmosphere and sustainability, commented on Twitter: “UK has made huge progress on recycling over last 10 years. We remain committed to meeting 2020 target.”

The figures also indicated that waste local authorities sent to energy-from-waste plants between April and June 2013 increased 7.2% year-on-year to 20%.

Some 32% of waste still ended up in landfill in the period.

Church pointed out that waste going to landfill or incineration was one third less than in the same period in 2006.



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