Much of the information had been published earlier in the year. As reported in May, municipal waste arisings rose by just 1.8% during the year - providing further evidence that claims that municipal waste is growing at a rate of 3% or more per annum are over the top (ENDS Report 352, p 15 ).
In its new press release, DEFRA boasts that household recycling rates were "the highest ever", with the household waste recycling rate edging up from 12.5% to 14.5%. This level would "help the country meet its 2003/04 national target of recycling and composting 17% of household waste," said DEFRA.
But following the bulletin's publication, Friends of the Earth said the Government looks set to miss its target to recycle at least 25% of household waste by 2005/06. Some 89 councils failed to improve their household waste recycling rates and one in ten was still not recycling more than 5%.