In December 2018, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the recycling data for local authorities in England covering the financial year 2017/18. Traditionally the Department has published data on a financial basis although it is also now starting to promote annual figures because the European Union recycling target of 50% for municipal waste has to be met by December 2020.
Across the board, in 2017/18 England saw a small 0.3% reduction in the overall recycling rate to 44.8% compared with 45.1% in the previous period. However, despite 60% of local authorities reporting lower rates than last year, some reported improvements in performance.
East Riding of Yorkshire unitary authority again topped the table, achieving a 64% recycling, composting and reuse rate according to the figures, which although slightly down from last year’s 65.4%, remains the best performing in England. However, the authority has a relatively high waste per person rate of fractionally under 500kg per person.
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