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What the figures show.

The new figures from PackFlow reveal:

* UK households recycled around a third of all their packaging in 2004 ( an increase from around a quarter in 2002.

* Approximately 3.5 billion glass bottles and jars, one billion plastic bottles, two billion aluminium cans and 2.5 billion steel cans were recycled by UK households in 2004. This is a total weight, including cardboard containers, of 1,253,000 tonnes of material.

* Recycling in UK business (offices and industry) is also up. In 2004, industry used 5.6 million tonnes of packaging ( 66% of which was recycled. This is an increase of 7% on 2002.

* Almost half of all the packaging used in the UK is recycled.

* Recycling is getting more convenient. Almost every council in the UK now provides some form of service for doorstep collection of recyclable or compostable materials.

* Nine out of 10 people regard recycling as an important thing to do, and 50% are classed as committed recyclers.

The new PackFlow figures are the result of a seven-month project led by producer responsibility scheme Valpak with the involvement of materials organisations British Glass, Corus, Alupro and Recoup, and WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme). The project surveyed local authorities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to get a comprehensive national picture of packaging recycling rates.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2005
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