Levels of recycling in Nottingham have fallen for the first time in six years, according to new government figures cited by nottinghamshire-news.co.uk.

Government funding cuts have been cited as one of the reasons household waste recycling fell to 33.2 per cent in 2011-12, reported thisisnottingham.co.uk – down from 37.3 per cent the previous year.

Furthermore, the figures look even more embarrassing for the city council as they come at a time when recycling rates nationally have been on the rise.

Overall, there were 6,000 tonnes less of glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, tins and garden waste left in recycling bins and waste disposal units, giving a poor return for councils in Nottingham.

Consequently, Nottingham councils may also want to consider reinforcing their recycling message as all councils in the area – apart from Gedling – saw a fall in figures.

Nigel Lee, representative of Nottingham Friends of the Earth, was left seething by the figures.

He explained: “This is a serious problem that needs to be resolved. It’s an example of Government funding cuts going to the point where it is making services worse.”

Eco-campaigner Shlomo Dowen also expressed concern: “It is a cause for concern. It is frustrating to the point of agonising.”

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