DEFRA has confirmed that across England in the 2011 calendar year, the household waste recycling rate hit 42.9%; up 2.1% on the same figure for 2010. Details in the same release show that the amount of waste collected by local authorities going to landfill in England fell by 15% in quarter 4 of 2011 when compared to quarter 4 2010. Over the full year the amount to landfill fell by 11% to 10.1 million tonnes.
DEFRA has acknowledged the fall in landfill as 'good news' but has said more needs to be done to push towards the achievement of a zero waste economy. Across England's regions the East had the best recycling rate for 2011 of 49.9% followed by the South West at 47.1%.
In terms of household recycling rates across the UK, Wales remains ahead with 49%, followed by England then Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland achieved a 39.7% rate for the third quarter of 2011/2012 and SEPA revealed a 36.7% recycling rate for Scotland across the same period.