Growth year for recycling of household wastes

Recycling of materials from the domestic waste stream increased again in 1992. Further improvements are in prospect for 1993 as local authority recycling plans are put into action and more collection facilities are provided. But markets for collected material may prove a limiting factor, particularly for paper and plastics.

The changes in recycling activity in 1992 are shown in the table. It should be noted that the figures for glass and paper include waste from commercial sources, which is not recorded separately.

Growth occurred in most sectors, but the recycling rate for all materials was well below the Government's target of recycling half of recyclable household waste by 2000.

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