The recycling rate in England has risen to 34.5% for 2007/08, the Government has revealed.
This is an increase of more 3% from 30.9% in 2006/07 and refers to collections of dry recyclates and green waste.
Figures show local authorities are closer to achieving Waste Strategy targets to reuse, recycle or compost 40% of household waste by 2010.
The data also revealed a decrease in the amount of residual household waste from 17.9 million tonnes to 16.6 million tonnes, putting England on track to meet the Waste Strategy target to reduce this to 15.8 million tonnes by 2010.
Municipal waste to landfill also decreased from 16.9 to 15.5 million tonnes (54% of total municipal waste) and municipal waste collected dropped from 29.1 to 28.5 million tonnes (2.2%). Total collected household waste fell from 25.8 to 25.3 million tonnes (1.9%).
Environment Minister Jane Kennedy praised the continued improvements of local authorities as she revealed that 90% of councils in England were hitting or beating targets in 2007/08.
She also said that 90% of local authorities had less residual rubbish (or 'black bag' waste) to collect than in 2006/07; 94% recycled and composted more of their household waste than in 2006/07; and 72% sent a lower percentage of their municipal waste to landfill than in 2006/07.
Kennedy said: "Putting local councils in the driving seat is delivering results. The Government remains committed to supporting local authorities in continuing this revolution in recycling.
"These figures show many local authorities taking a real lead and I congratulate them. We need to keep this momentum going as we can all always do more."
Image: Environment Minister Jane Kennedy