England doubles household waste recycling

Households in England recycled 23% of their waste in the financial year 2004-05, according to new figures from the UK environment ministry. The increase means recycling rates have doubled in the last four years, the minister for local environmental quality, Ben Bradshaw, said on Wednesday (EED 22/05/01). The rate, up from 17% in the previous year, is still low compared to recycling levels in European countries such as the Netherlands, which recycles 64%. According to the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme, English households could recycle up to 60% of their waste. See press release.

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