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News analysis: Searching out the secret of Lichfield's recycling success

Lichfield District Council last week topped a list of English local authorities with a recycling and composting rate of 46.2% for 2003/4. But what has the council done to smash its Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) target of 26% and be top among English councils? The district contains 40,000 households in an area of 128 square miles. Outside the main areas of the city of Lichfield and the town of Burntwood, half of its households are in rural villages. ...