Keep Britain Tidy report on Wales’ recycling figures soaring ahead of England.

Keep Britain Tidy report on Wales’ recycling figures soaring ahead of England.

Students learning about various recyclable materials

Keep Britain Tidy report that the progressive waste and recycling policy adopted by the Welsh Assembly is now reaping dividends, after figures released today revealed that almost 60% of waste collected by local authorities in Wales is now being recycled.

They note how this compares to just 44% in England, a figure that has stayed stubbornly static over the past two years. This situation is all the more concerning given that EU legislation requires the UK to achieve an average recycling rate of 50% by 2020 or face penalties. (Perhaps another point to consider for the upcoming EU referendum!)

Keep Britain Tidy conclude that in order to improve the rates of recycling in England we take a good look at what’s being implemented over the Severn Bridge and consider whether measures such as targets for individual local authorities, streamlined and consistent recycling bins and collection frequencies, together with statutory requirements around food waste collection, could drive up the faltering rate in England.

Keep Britain Tidy works with local authorities up and down the country to help them reduce the amount of residual waste and increase recycling rates as part of its work to encourage people to waste less.

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