Households recycling more, wasting less

Household recycling has gone up while people are wasting less, according to new Defra statistics released today. The proportion of household waste sent for recycling, composting or reuse over 2011 […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Household recycling has gone up while people are wasting less, according to new Defra statistics released today.

The proportion of household waste sent for recycling, composting or reuse over 2011 in England was 42.9%, up from 41.5% in the financial year of April 2010 to March 2011.

The amount of waste per person is going down too – out of 445 kg of waste per person, 191 kg was recycled, composted or reused whilst 254 kg was not, said Defra.

Over the last decade the amount of waste local authorities sent to landfill has halved from 78% to 39% in 2011, while in the last year they sent 11% less waste to landfill between the financial year of 2010/11 and the rolling year January to December 2011.