Industry calls for radical changes to fund recycling push

Industry and local authorities have called for levies on manufacturers to fund improvements to recycling systems after data revealed a drop in recycling rates.

The household recycling rate fell from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2015, according to statistics released by the environment department (Defra) yesterday. Recycling rates had previously been increasing each year and this is the first time the household recycling rate has been lower than 44% since 2011, Defra said in its report.    Household recycling rates, January 2010-March 2016 Source: Defra

Dry recycling, which includes paper, plastics and glass and comprises 59% of materials recycled by households, fell by 1.1% between 2014 and 2015. Recycling of garden waste fell by 4.8%, though Defra pointed out that recycling of this material had been unusually high the preceding year.

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