According to recently published statistics from Defra 73 councils in England are already meeting or exceeding the 2020 targets of recycling 50 per cent of all household waste.
In total, across all 320 councils in England, 23 million tonnes of waste is produced per year and of that 43.7 per cent is being recycled.
Top of the leader board, with the highest recycling rate was South Oxfordshire District Council, where 67.3 per cent of household waste is recycled, followed by Vale of White Horse District Council with 65.6 per cent and Rochford District Council with 65.2 per cent.
The worst performing councils are the Isles of Scilly with 14.1 per cent, Lewisham with 17.1 and Newham 17.2 per cent.
Justin Bowden, GMB union national officer for refuse and recycling workers, said: "It is a great credit to all those working in waste collection and recycling that such great strides have been made over the last decade to recycle more at the same time as increasing efficiency. We are well on the way for many councils to meet the EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of waste generated by households by 2020.”
The hope is that the targets can be hit earlier and that ultimately less waste will be produced.