GOVERNMENT data has shown that recycling rates in England dropped during the start of the pandemic.
The findings show that, between April and June 2020, the rate of recycling for waste from households was 45%, down from 48.4% between April and June 2019.
The total amount of waste recycled was also lower. From April to June 2020, it was 2.6m tonnes, a 10.1% decrease from the 2.9m tonnes recycled from April to June 2019.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) put the decrease down to the effects of the pandemic and the first national lockdown.
While the effect on local authorities varied, there were disruptions and some cancellations of kerbside collections of recycling and garden waste. Household waste recycling centres were also largely closed during the time period.