Local authorities in England have decreased the amount of waste sent to landfill by 7.6% to 10.5 million tonnes, whilst recycling has increases by 1%.

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These statistics have been published by the government department; they are based on data which is submitted to Waste Dataflow by all local authorities in England. The data which is submitted is normally based on the waste the local authorities collect and manage.

To minimise effects of seasonal fluctuations, Defra have said that the statistical release compares the financial year April 2010 to March 2011 and the 12 month period October 2010 to September 2011.

The statistics show that household recycling has increased by 1%.

According to Defra, the proportion of household waste sent for recycling, composting or reuse between October 2010 and September 2011 in England was 42.5%, increasing from 41.5% in the financial year April 2010 and March 2011.

Households are continuing to decrease between the financial year 2010/11 and the rolling year October 2010 and September 2011 in England, in kilograms per person, was 443kg per person. Of this total, 188kg was recycled, composted or reused whilst 225kg was not.

Waste collected by local authorities has declined by 7.6%. The tonnage of waste being sent to landfill by local authorities decreased to 10.5 million tonnes between the financial year 2010/11 and the rolling year October 2010 to September 2011.

Final estimates for 2011/12 will be published in November 2012.

Defra added that there was a 100% submission of returns in all quarters of 2010/11; therefore the final data is based on all 352 authorities’ returns.

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