Women are far better than men at recycling, according to a new poll.

In a survey conducted by Essex University, 70 per cent of single women claimed they dumped as rubbish as they could in a recycle bin. Only 58 per cent of men said the same.

Interestingly, 80 per cent of couples claimed they were keen to recycle as much of their rubbish as possible. Perhaps this is due to one half of the couple influencing their other half to be more green.

In an interview with dailymail.co.uk, the study’s lead author Hazel Pettifor attempted to explain why women appeared to be more green-minded.

She said: “In the same way that housework tasks are often split, with the women taking on the daily, routine activities, it is likely that women are emptying and rinsing out containers, removing lids and sorting waste.

“Their menfolk typically make the fortnightly trip to the bottle bank or put the bins out. Men appear to need the incentive of kerb-side collection whereas women are prepared to go out of their way to recycle more types of materials.”

A report from guardian.co.uk has suggested that the government might want to aim its pro-recycling marketing at men in the future.

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