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England urged to urgently improve stalled recycling rates

December 1, 2015

England urged to urgently improve stalled recycling rates

Press Association
Tuesday 1 December 2015 17.09 GMT

England must urgently improve its recycling rates if it is to reach European Union targets by 2020, according to one of Britain’s biggest waste companies.

David Palmer-Jones, the chief executive of Suez recycling and recovery in the UK, said England is trailing behind the EU after new figures show there has only been a marginal increase in recycling in England over the last two years.

The Regional Household recycling rates, published today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), reveal that the rate of recycling in English households from March 2014 to March 2015 was 44.7% - an increase of 0.5% since 2013.

The EU target is for the UK to recycle at least 50% of its waste by 2020.

Recycling rates have actually dropped in London and the East Midlands, where there have been declines of 0.8% and 1.2% respectively.

The drop represents London’s second successive decline, and Palmer-Jones said greater focus is needed in these areas of high population.

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