Figures reveal recycling level in UK has fallen for the first time

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Household waste recycling level has dropped for the first time since monitoring began

New figures reveal that the recycling level amongst households in the UK has dropped for the first time since monitoring began.

New statistics from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, have revealed that in 2015, 44.3% of household rubbish was recycled, a drop from 2014 which saw the figure at 44.9%.

Figures reveal recycling level in UK has fallen for the first time

A street full of blue recycling bins © Copyright Rossographer

This is the first drop since monitoring began back in 2010 but the figure is still the second-highest annual rate to have been recorded.

A target has been set by the European Union, which will hopefully see the UK recycling around 50% of household waste by the year 2020.

In England over 2015, the waste recycling level across households fell from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% – the first time the figure has dropped below 44% since 2011. The figures also dropped in Northern Ireland over the same time period from 42.5% to 42% in 2015.

In Scotland however, the recycling level grew over the same time period, from 41% to 42% and aslo in Wales, from 54.8% to 55.8%.

More effort is needed in educating households as to what can and can’t be recycled. As a result, households across the UK are not recycling enough and still putting the wrong items in the recycling bin, causing a huge headache for the recycling industry.

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