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  Britain told to do better at recycling
Updated 21 November 2001, 16.42
Britain needs to recycle more
Britain is at the bottom of the recycling league in Europe, reusing just 10% of its rubbish.

To try and solve the problem the government are holding a special conference where they will discuss ways of increasing recycling.

Fact File
What can we recycle?
Plastic bottles can be recycled into supermarket bags
Office paper into toilet paper
Wine bottles into industrial abrasives
Plastic bottles into gardening equipment
Aluminium cans into drinks cans
Baked beans tins into fridge parts
The government thinks that figure should rise to 25% by 2005 and 33% by 2015. Even then we'd still be 17% behind Germany and Austria's current level.

You can recycle mobile phones and computers as well as the more traditional recyclable materials like glass and cardboard.

European Union say we must do better

Some of our rubbish is burnt in big furnaces, but up to 80% is buried in special places around the country called landfill sites.

But the European Union say we have to reduce the amount of rubbish we bury in landfill sites or they will fine Britain lots of money.

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