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As 2020 target nears, England's recycling record improves
Households in England passed the recycling rate of 40% for the first time during 2010, according to recently released government figures.
The average recycling rate for English councils was 41.2% between April 2010 and March 2011, up from 39.7% in 2009. Recycling rates have been creeping up annually in the past decade, with the rate of progress slowing since 2008.
The EU Waste Framework Directive requires the UK to recycle, compost or reuse 50% of waste from households by 2020.
The UK still produces more household waste per head of population than many other countries in the EU, with an average of 449kg per year, compared to 406kg for the European average.
"Recycling is an important part of our everyday lives and these figures show a reduction in the amount of waste we send to landfills," comments Mark Woodhead, British Cleaning Council Chairman, on the figures. "This trend is encouraging news and it will have a positive effect on the environment. With public support for our waste management industry through diligent recycling, we can still achieve our 2020 target."
The British Cleaning Council was established in 1982 to coordinate the affairs of the industry and to be responsible at home and abroad on industry matters.
8th December 2011