5:30pm Thursday 13th June 2013
By Natalie O'Neill
People in Enfield are recycling nearly 12 per cent more than they did ten years ago, a recent survey has revealed.
Figures collected by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) show that 35.3 per cent of households in the borough recycled their waste in 2011/12 compared to 23.36 per cent in 2005/2006.
The figures have been compiled as part of Recycle Week which runs from June 17 to 23.
They also show that over the past decade the UK has recycled 50 billion plastic drinks bottles– enough to stretch to the moon and back more than ten times over if laid end to end.
During the same period local authority recycling schemes across the UK have collected materials like card, paper, plastic and glass worth £2.4 billion.
WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said: “As a nation, we’ve come a long way since we first began to take recycling seriously. This is good news for the environment - it means we’re sending less waste to landfill and making better use of the natural materials that go into the products we use every day.
“It is also hugely important for our economy. The UK recycling sector now generates more than £13 billion a year in sales of recycled materials, employs more than 40,000 people and contributes around £3 billion-worth of additional value each year to the UK economy.”
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