When it comes to recycling household rubbish, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is the tenth worst district in Britain.

That’s according to an annual review of recycling published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), cited by basingstokegazette.co.uk, which shows the council ranked 343 out of 352 authorities in the UK due to their 23.95 per cent household waste recycle rate in 2011-12.

Furthermore, it also ranked 12th out of 13 Hampshire local councils, with only Southampton a worse performer.

The country’s top performer, Vale of the White Horse District Council in Oxfordshire, managed to garner a 68.7 per cent recycling rate, according to dailyecho.co.uk.

However, a number of initiatives have been announced to help improve Basingstoke’s recycling rate. The possibility of food waste recycling, an increased street cleaning presence and attempts at boosting the take up of an optional garden waste service have all been mulled over in a 12-point plan.

In addition, the authority could also help by making more homeowners aware about owning recycling bins for home use.

Councillor Robert Donnell, the borough’s environment chief, stated: “I think it’s very good we are not the last in Hampshire. Do we want to get it better? Yes. Will that take cross-party support in implementing new services? Yes.”

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