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Bucks has one of the highest recycling rates in England

In 2018-2019, 58% of the local authorities waste was recycled.

Published by Mix96 News at 1:48pm 11th December 2019. 2-minute read.

Bucks has one of the highest recycling rates in England

Figures show that Buckinghamshire has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country.

A report according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs figures show that in 2018-19 153,152 tonnes of rubbish were recycled or composted in Bucks. 

This is 58% of the local authorities waste.

In the same year, England managed to recycle 43% of its rubbish, getting us closer to The Government's target for 2020 to have half of the countries household waste recycled. 

However the trade body for waste disposers, the Environment Services Association said England is likely to miss its recycling target. 

The groups executive director, Jacob Hayler, said greater awareness of pollution and environmental issues caused by waste "hasn't yet translated" into higher recycling rates.

"Despite the gloomy picture, we know that political change is on the horizon and that a raft of new policies, promised in the manifestos of all parties, are likely to give recycling the shot in the arm that it needs"

The second most common way of disposing of rubbish in Bucks was incineration. Figures show that 110,523 tonnes of waste were sent to incineration plants to produce electricity, 100% of the total. 

Councillor David Renard, the Local Government Association's environment spokesman said:

"Councils want to increase recycling rates and have worked extremely hard to maintain them. 

The fact that recycled food waste has increased, waste sent to landfill has fallen and residual waste has decreased, reflects ongoing efforts by councils and is good news for the environment and consumers.

The slight fall in the official recycling rates last year reflects the urgent need for manufacturers to stop putting non-recyclable items in the system, pay the full cost of the recycling packaging and fund a producer responsibility scheme".

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