UK RECYCLING PROGRESS
I remain critical of UK national and local government for not ensuring uniformly high recycling rates of household waste, but I must at the same time acknowledge that rapid progress is being made. The latest UK Household Plastics Packaging Collection Survey by Recoup shows that:
- 72% of HDPE milk bottles were recycled in 2009, substantially up from 57% in 2008.
- Overall plastic collection for recycling rose by 22%.
- 46% of plastic bottles were collected, compared with 39% in 2008 and just 13% in 2005.
- Kerbside collection coverage increased by 29% in 2009 to 23.3 million households.