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English recycling rate reaches 40.3%

Household recycling rates in England reached 40.3% between October 2009 and September 2010, according to new figures.

The figures show the amount of household waste sent for recycling, composting and re-use increased by 0.4% relative to the April 2009-March 2010 financial year. According to Defra, the two years were compared to “minimise the effect of seasonal fluctuations” in the recycling rate.

It has also been revealed that the level of local authority waste sent for landfilling has fallen to 45% from 47.1% in the April-March year.

According to previous quarterly figures, the percentage of household waste sent for recycling and composting in July 2009-June 2010 stood at 40.1%.

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