New municipal waste statistics for England published
Defra has published municipal waste statistics for all English local authorities
in 2006/07. The statistics show how individual local authorities are contributing
to national goals to reduce waste, recycle more and landfill less.
- 83 percent of local authorities collected less household rubbish
(residual waste) than in 2005/06;
- 94 percent of authorities recycled and composted more of their
household waste than in 2005/06; and
- 88 percent of disposal authorities landfilled less of their municipal
waste than in 2005/06.
Local authorities have collectively boosted national recycling and composting
rates to 31 percent and disposed of 1 million tons less waste in landfill
in 2006/07, compared to 2005/06.
Climate Change and Waste Minister, Joan Ruddock, said, “These statistics
show that many householders and local authorities have got the “reduce,
reuse and recycle” message and are doing a great job.
The best local authorities have achieved close to double the average. But
some authorities are not doing anywhere near enough. Under-performing councils
must do more to help their residents reduce their rubbish and recycle more
from their homes.”