Doorstep recycling rising in the East

DOORSTEP recycling in the east of England is at a higher level than in many other parts of England, according to a report published today .The report, from the Friends of the Earth environment group, suggests the region comes fourth nationally in terms of the number of local authorities offering doorstep collections of recyclable materials.

DOORSTEP recycling in the east of England is at a higher level than in many other parts of England, according to a report published today .

The report, from the Friends of the Earth environment group, suggests the region comes fourth nationally in terms of the number of local authorities offering doorstep collections of recyclable materials.

However, the region comes third in terms of the percentage of households covered by the services.

Fifty-four percent of local authorities in the east of England have collection schemes for five or more recyclable materials - covering 37% of households.


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A total of 94% of councils in the east of England have collection systems for two or more materials, extending to 76% of households.

Nationally, however, only a quarter of local authorities offer to collect recyclable materials at the doorstep of all the households in their districts and Friends of the Earth describes this as "feeble" compared to other European countries.

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Under the Household Waste Recycling Act, which became law six months ago, all households must be offered a doorstep recycling service by 2010.

Top region for doorstep recycling is the South East where 83% of householders have the opportunity to leave out at least two recyclable materials for the refuse collectors.

Bottom is Yorkshire and Humberside where only 44% of households have access to the collection services.

The UK is currently near the bottom of the European league table for recycling, being 13th out of the 16 nations.

Top is Austria which recycles 64% of its domestic waste. The UK rate is 13% and only Portugal (9%) and Greece (8%) perform worse.

Claire Wilton, Friends of the Earth waste campaigner, Claire Wilton, said: "Doorstep recycling is increasing but there is still a long way to go to improve England's feeble recycling record.

"Although more households have recycling collections than ever before, most of these fall short of what is required to tackle the huge mountain of waste produced."

david.green@eadt.co.uk

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