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London's youth unimpressed with recycling by parents

Almost three quarters of London’s school children feel their parents should recycle more, a survey published by Recycle for London revealed last week. Although about half of the youngsters, aged 11-18, said that their households always recycled.

When questioned which parent did most of the recycling in the household, mums were the clear winner. According to their children, 69% of mums do the household recycling, compared to 23% of dads.

Asked how to encourage other Londoners to recycle, six out of ten said they would explain that recycled rubbish could be turned into new products.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: “These findings give us hope for the future but show that we have a lot more to do right now. Residents in every London borough can recycle all sorts of materials such as glass, paper and cans including glass sauce jars, pet food tins and junk mail. Households can recycle more than they think.”

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