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England’s recycling rates are on the up

Find out how your local area stacks up


We’re recycling more than before, even though we’re not producing more waste, according to the latest figures.

England’s rates for recycling, reuse and composting for 2009/10 have increased by 2.1% – though some councils saw much bigger rises than this.

Rugby achieved an 18.8% increase and South Oxfordshire managed 18.6% more than last year.

You can get more advice about how to improve your own recycling rate in the Which? essential guide to recycling. This includes a video guide to help you recycle better, with advice from Philip Ward from the government’s Recycle Now advice service.

Recycling more

Although there are still huge variations between different councils’ recycling rates, the average now stands at 39.7%. You can see how your council is doing using the government’s data on the Defra website.

Which? deputy home editor Natalie Hitchins says: ‘Our latest research shows that 98% of people recycle some rubbbish, but when it comes to recycling everything they are able to this number drops to less than 46%, suggesting that’s there’s plenty more we could be doing.’

If you’re stuck with an awkward item and are not sure how to recycle it then check out our interactive tool that tells you how to recycle products – from batteries to blenders.

Not only does recycling more help tackle climate change, dumping waste in the ground is becoming increasingly expensive as landfill tax rises, meaning higher costs for councils and council tax payers. 

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