The household recycling rate in England last year has grown at the slowest pace since 2000, according to Defra data.
The figures were included in Defra’s annual Sustainable Development Indicators report which provides an overview of national progress towards a more sustainable economy, society and environment.
The amount of waste recycled, composted or reused in 2011/2012 was 10.7 million tonnes, around 43% of total waste collected from households, rising only slightly in comparison to the previous year (see above).
“The increase in 2011/12 was the smallest for ten years with the rate of increase slowing since its peak around 2005,” said Defra.
However, the department noted that the rate has increased significantly from 11% in 2000.
Under the Revised Waste Framework Directive, the EU has set a target for 50% of household waste to be recycled by 2020.