England’s household recycling rate falls

England’s annual household recycling rate has fallen following years of stagnation, according to official figures.

The rate dropped 0.5 percentage points in 2018 to 44.7% compared to 45.2% recorded the year before. 

However, the figures published by DEFRA today also show the rolling 12-month ‘waste from households’ recycling rate at 45.1% at the end of March 2019, up 0.3% from the previous 12-month period to end of March 2018. 

Despite this, the data suggests an overall stagnation in English household recycling rates for the fifth year in a row. The UK has an EU target of reaching 50% by 2020 but 2017 was the only year in which England’s rate edged over the 45% mark.

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