Many English local authorities are recycling and composting more of their waste, according to municipal waste statistics published today (22 November) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The latest 2006-07 local authority waste statistics show that a total of 94% of local authorities recycled and composted more of their household waste than in 2005/06. Lincolnshire-based North Kesteven District Council came top of the list having the best recycling and composting rate with 55.5%. South Shropshire District Council followed in a close second with 53.2%. On the other end of the scale, Tower Hamlets Council came at the bottom with an 11.55% recycling and composting rate, Liverpool City Council followed with 12.72% and then the London Borough of Newham had 13.58%. Environment minister Joan Ruddock said: These statistics show that many householders and local authorities have got the reduce, reuse and recycle message and are doing a great job. They are helping in our battle against dangerous climate change. The best local authorities have achieved close to double the average. But some authorities are not doing anywhere near enough. Under-performing councils must do more to help their residents reduce their rubbish and recycle more from their homes. Other findings from the report showed that local authorities have collectively boosted national recycling and composting rates to 31% and disposed of one million tonnes less waste in landfill in 2006-07, compared to 2005-06. Mid Suffolk District Council topped the list for top 10 dry recycler and had a 34.2% rate followed by Chichester District Council with 32.6%. Commenting on the findings Liberal Democrat Shadow Defra Secretary Chris Huhne said:Many English councils are recycling more, but we are still lagging well behind the European average. Councils must be empowered to improve recycling rates locally, or Britain will soon run out of space for landfill.