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Last Updated: Wednesday September 14 2005 10:43 GMT

More people recycle their rubbish

Plastic bottles for recycling
People in England have made great progress in the amount of stuff they recycle but they could do even better, according to the government.

Figures show that the recycling of household waste has doubled in the past four years. Most people now recycle more than a fifth of their rubbish.

A government spokesman said that each year every person is now recycling enough to fill eight wheelie bins.

"But they could be filling over 20 - the equivalent of 60% of their waste."

The numbers showed that people in the East recycled 29% of their rubbish, making them the greenest in England.

People in the North East recycled the least with 16%.

They've really got their act together in the East Midlands, where 27% of waste is now recycled - up 20% on the previous year.

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