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Recycling rates drop in Exeter

Exeter's recycling rates are well below the UK average, and levels are falling.

Exeter City Council's been told at a recent meeting that levels have dropped for the last three years to 31 per cent.  Nationally, over 45 per cent of waste is recycled.

A number of factors have been blamed, including ageing equipment at the recycling plant and a lack of enthusiasm among residents.

Under the EU Waste Framework Directive the UK has a target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020.

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