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Sharp rise in recycling figures

Warwickshire has increased the amount it recycles faster than any other UK local authority in the last year, the county council has said.

Figures revealed that 43.2% of waste was now being recycled and composted compared to 15% in 2003 to 2004.

The county's performance had gone up 22.8% in the past year, making it the most improved in the country.

It said in some areas of the county it was hitting targets now that the government had set for 2020.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, of Warwickshire County Council, said: "To put things into perspective, thanks to people recycling, reusing and composting more, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill.

"In 2007/08 we sent 181,100 tonnes of waste to landfill in Warwickshire, last year it dropped to 153,032 - a drop of more than 28,000 tonnes."

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