The figure was seen to have come between the year-end period of July 2009 to June 2010 and was an improvement over what was seen during the year previous. The figures clearly demonstrate that England has been working on promoting recycling among homes.
The figure from Defra is the result of data that was compiled from councils all over the country and imputed into the Waste DataFlow database controlled by the government. The fact that recycling has reached 40% is significant given that Labour set the goal to be reached by 2010 when they proposed their Waste Strategy back in 2007.
Green activists were encouraged by the fact that outside of recycling raising the amount of household waste generated on a regular basis also fell by .3% showing a trend to recycle instead of simply tossing out items.
The trend continues from 2006 when there was an immediate fall in the household waste that was calculated per person which came out to be 456kg out of which 128kg of the waste was composted, recycled, or reused.
Lord Henley, the waste and recycling minister stated that the country of England is now recycling more than in previous years and the fact that they are producing less waste to begin with shows that people are placing a higher emphasis on conserving the environment. He added that this is great news for the county and that they are hopeful that the rate of recycling will continue to improve in coming years with continual waste reviews to make it even easier to choose to recycle.