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POLITICS: More of us recycle but it's not enough; ENVIRONMENT.

Households are recycling more of their rubbish than ever before and the amount sent to landfill is falling, according to Government statistics.

More than 30 per cent of household waste was recycled or composted in 2006/7 and the amount of waste sent to landfill by local authorities fell by 5.5 per cent to 16.9 million tonnes the same year.

But despite the promising figures, Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association's Environment Board, said: "Britain is still the dustbin of Europe, throwing more waste into landfill than any other country in the EU.

"While these figures are a move in the right direction, there is an inescapable need to do more."

Local authorities collected 29.1 million tonnes of waste in 2006/7 from household collections and at civic amenity sites, an increase of 1.4 per cent on 2005/6.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 13, 2007
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