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Thursday, December 19, 2002

Approximately, 80% of domestic waste in the UK is suitable for recycling or composting yet at the moment the UK recycles only 11% of domestic waste!

This compares with more than 50% of waste being recycled in countries like Switzerland and Austria.

In an effort to change the UK's poor performance at reducing + recycling the government has announced that it will be encouraging more local councils to try out rewards for households recycling waste and penalties for those who do nothing.

In a bid to focus minds the government will also be raising the landfill tax paid on waste buried in the ground to £16 per metric ton from 2005-2006 and 400 Members of Parliament have requested that every household in the UK be offered doorstep recycling services.