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Household and municipal recycling rises above 30%, finds Defra survey

Household waste and municipal waste recycling has risen above 30%, according to the WasteDataFlow survey for 2006/07. Local authorities information showed household recycling continued to rise at the same rate as last year from 26.7% in 2005/06 to 30.9% in 2006/07. Overall municipal waste recycled or composted had also increased from 27.1% in 2005/06 to 30.7% in 2006/07. The figures were released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of its 2006/07 survey of waste. Incineration of waste using energy recovery had risen by 1% from 10% in 2005/06 to 11% in 2006/07. While figures also showed a reduction in landfill disposal, from 62% in 2005/06 to 58% in 2006/07. Recycling or composting of household waste has increased by 17%, from 6.8 million tonnes in 2005/06 to 8 million tonnes in 2006/07. Amounts of household waste not reused, recycled or composted had decreased by 4.2% to 17.9 million tonnes from 2005/06. However, overall municipal waste has increased an estimated 1.4% to 29.1 million tonnes in England in 2006/07 from 28.7 million tonnes in 2005/06, which is more than the average annual increase, of 0.2%, from 2001/02 to 2006/07. And household waste collected in 2006/07 had increased by 1.6%, from 25.5 million tonnes in 2005/06 to 25.9 million tonnes in 2006/07. In 2006/07, household sources accounted for 89% of municipal waste, 25.9 million tonnes, which equals about 509 kg of household waste per person per year. Regional differences in recycling and composting rates showed London had the lowest rates, 22%, while in the East, East Midlands and South West of England rates were up to 35%. Value recovered from waste also differed across regions ranging from the West Midlands, which recovered value from 58% of their municipal waste, to the North West, which recovered 34%. Overall 41.8% of waste had some value recovered from it in 2006/07, which is a rise from 37.2% on the previous year.

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