Wiltshire celebrating after 48% of households are recycling

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A council is celebrating after it revealed it is on track to meet its recycling target. Wiltshire council says it is currently recycling around 48 per cent of household waste in its local authority boundary, which is close to the 50 per cent target it set itself for 2014.

This latest news is a boost to the recycling industry as a whole after it was revealed that household waste in England was at its highest ever point at the back end of last year.

This startled many local authorities, and councillors who have been working hard to promote recycling. The figures now look to be decreasing again, but there is plenty of work still left to be done according to Defra (department for environment, food and rural affairs).

Defra has also said that many authorities need to up their game if they are to meet targets, suggesting that many councils have made only small changes with regards to promoting recycling. According to the department, new measures need identifying and initiatives to change consumer behaviour need drawing up.

Set by the European Union, the recycling target is 50 per cent for all councils by 2020. It is unclear how many are on track to hit this figure.

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