Slow and steady progress is the mantra being repeated by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as new figures the UK is making headway in its efforts towards recycling.

Provisional figures indicate that the amount of waste sent to landfill by local authorities dropped by an impressive 11 per cent – perhaps as a result of the increased investment in recycling and the economic slowdown.

There is even more good news from the report as the household recycling rate crept up to 40.4 per cent last year, showing that recycling bins for home are being put to good use, while the amount of waste being collected fell 0.9 per cent to 23.2 million tonnes.

While Defra were keen to stress there wasn’t one single factor that was attributable to the figures, suggestions coming from the camp believe the increase in landfill tax and a growing commitment from local authorities to reduce the environmental impact could have played key roles.

A Defra spokesperson commented on the report, cited by “The amount of waste sent to rot in landfill continues to fall and more household waste is being recycled. The 15 per cent drop in the amount of waste sent to landfill is very good news but there is no room for complacency and we will continue to push for further reductions to achieve our aim of a zero waste economy.”

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