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Recycling: Standards

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of performance against targets set for local authorities on recycling and composting, in each year since 2000-01.

Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste)

Recycling and composting targets for household waste were set for each local authority in England for 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2007-08. Performance against the targets is measured by adding together recycling and composting rates under best value performance indicators 82a (household waste the local authority sends for recycling) and 82b (waste sent by the authority to composting or anaerobic digestion).

261 (66 per cent.) authorities met or exceeded their individual targets in 2005-06; while in 2003-04, 224 authorities (57 per cent.) met their individual targets.

Individual local authorities best value performance indicators are available on the Audit Commission website ( or via the Communities and Local Government's best value website ( Statistical data relating to national recycling performance are available on the DEFRA website. England's household recycling and composting rates for years from 2000-01 are as follows:

200-01 11.2
2001-2 12.5
2002-3 14.5
2003-4 17.8
2004-5 22.5
2005-6 26.7
2006-7 30.9

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