Householders in the South East are recycling and composting more of their household waste, according to a new report from the South East England Regional Assembly.
The report shows that 30% of residents had recycled or composted their household waste in 2007, equivalent to a 7% increase from 2003.
With recycling being the sizzling topic of the year, the report has positively shown how householders are making a commitment to creating less waste in the region.
However, in an interesting juxtaposition, the increase in the regions recycling rates has also seen an increase in the amount of household waste being produced.
The South East generates more waste per person than any other part of the country. The amount of waste has increased each year since 1997 to reach 4.5 million tonnes of household waste in 2006.
South East England Regional Assembly chairman Cllr Keith Mitchell said: We can see positive behaviour change in recycling but new data also highlight areas where we must do better.
We must find better ways to lead a more sensible and sustainable lifestyle. For example, by using less waste and making a personal commitment to use public transport more often.
There is a window of opportunity to make changes to reverse our impact.