UK household recycling rate remains ‘in the doldrums’

Figures show that the UK’s household recycling rate is up by just 0.6 percentage points, indicating that it is unlikely to meet a target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020

Rubbish collected for recycling

The UK’s EU target  to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020 appears difficult to meet.

The UK’s household recycling rate increased by just 0.6 percentage points between 2015 and 2016, but the increase is entirely due to the inclusion of new data accounting for metal recovered from incinerated waste, according to official figures.

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