Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is calling on the government to create a national 'recycling blueprint' in a bid to improve low recycling levels in England.   

The country's low household recycling rates are a result of 'confusing' council recycling schemes, the charity argues.  

According to Keep Britain Tidy (KBT), there are at least 300 recycling schemes or systems in operation throughout the country, which accounts for varying recycling levels in different areas across England.  

The poorest recycling levels are in London, with no London boroughs meeting the 50% threshold. However, other parts of England performed better. South Oxfordshire, for example, performed the best, with household recycling rates exceeding 60%.  

Deputy Chief Executive of KBT, Richard Mcllwain, said: "It's very difficult to have a national conversation about what we can recycle and what should be recycled when everyone is doing something different."

In order to meet EU waste regulations, local councils across the UK must recycle at least 50% of waste by 2020.  

Despite England's poor performance, Wales has an average recycling rate of 60%, which Mcllwain puts down to Wales having a national 'recycling blueprint'.  

Despite some councils in England improving recycling rates, KBT argues that more clarity is needed for householders if recycling rates are to improve.  

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