Recycling in EnglandDespite such large quantities of household waste being collected each year, the amount that is recycled has seen little progress in recent years. In 2010/11, the recycling rate of household waste in England was 42 percent, but by 2020 it had only increased to 45.5 percent. The most recycled household waste materials are paper and cardboard, and glass. Currently, only 8.5 percent of plastic waste is recycled, despite the growing concern over its environmental impact.
One of the main issues with recycling in England is that local authority waste management varies greatly from region to region, with some recycling far more than others. Not all local authorities collect the same materials either. For example, plastic bottle collection in England is high amongst all local authorities, but only a small amount collect materials such as plastic film. Regional recycling rates in England are highest in the South West and East of England, and the lowest in the North East and London, which had recycling rates of 35.1 and 33.4 percent in 2020, respectively. The local authority with the highest recycling rate that year was Three Rivers District council in the East of England, which recycled 64.1 percent of household waste.