More household waste recycled than landfilled for the first time

England and Wales have for the first time recycled more waste than they landfilled but falling improvement rates may mean the 2020 target will be missed.

Recycling. Credit: Jeff Morgan, AlamyCouncil recycling rates in England and Wales reached a new height last year, according to the latest government statistics.1,2

Annual figures from April 2011 to March 2012 show more waste was recycled, composted or reused than was sent to landfill for the first time. English councils achieved 41.8% recycling, composting or reuse of municipal waste, but Welsh councils performed considerably better, recycling more than 50% for the first time.

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