Recycling rates are falling, says year review

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THE amount of waste being recycled is falling, according to a report.

An annual review of Biffa’s contract for Winchester and East Hampshire district shows recycling fell last year.

Four years ago, the recycling rate for East Hampshire was 36.3 per cent, but dropped to 33.3 per cent. For Winchester the figure went from 36.5 per cent to 34.4 per cent.

More recycling bins were contaminated with items that should not be there, from about seven per cent four years ago to about nine per cent last year.

A report says: ‘Both councils continue to experience reductions in recycling rates which are a common trend.

‘There are a number of reasons for this including a reduction in the amount of recyclable materials being disposed of by residents due to economic climate and the increasing popularity of electronic media as opposed to print which provided significant proportion of the weight within recycling bins.’

The report states there was an average of 38 missed bins for every 105,000 collections.