Green Party in England & Wales
The Green Party today released results of a report on recycling rates
across the country, commissioned from Virtual Surveys
6070 people were asked about what proportion of their household waste
they recycled - with only 3 per cent saying they 'never recycle'
33 per cent of people 'always recycle everything they can,'
44 per cent recycle 'most things'
15 per cent 'sometimes recycle things'
Participants were also asked about their voting habits. Of those that
said they would vote Green, almost 50 per cent said they would
recycle everything, at least 10 per cent more than any other party,
and well above the national average.
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "Twenty years
ago recycling was considered a fringe activity. Now, increasing
numbers are stepping up to the environmental challenges we face.
"People are beginning to live on the planet as though we intend to
stay, but there is still much to be improved."
The Green Party wants to see local authorities across the country
working towards a Zero Waste strategy.
"Around the world, some cities and provinces, and businesses large
and small, have set target dates to achieve Zero Waste status as
early as 2020 or even 2010. Britain is lagging well behind the
leaders and is missing out on the economic and environmental benefits
of Zero Waste. New Zealand has become the first country to adopt a
'Zero Waste by 2020' policy. (1)
"The UK has an opportunity to lead the way on recycling, but despite
DEFRA'S incentives, we are still not doing enough. The goverment must
do more to ensure we recycle as much as we can.
"More and more people are now buying in to green living, and then
finding that the Green Party’s radical policies around environmental,
economic and social justice are the right ones for the UK at the
beginning of a new century. The future has to be green, for all our
Green Party/Virtual Surveys
Q. Which of these best describes how much of your household rubbish
I always recycle everything I can
I recycle most things I can
I sometimes recycle things
I rarely recycle things
I never recycle things
Analysis of those saying they always recycle everything by key
H/H with children
Of those that live in region A, B per cent of them say that they will
East of England
South West England
South East England
North East England
North West England
Yorkshire and the Humber
Of those that say they will vote A, B proportion of them will recycle
Likely voting: A
Don't know/Will not vote
Of those that read paper A, B proportion of them will recycle everything
Newspaper Read: A
Mirror / Daily Record
Other daily newspaper
Don't usually read a daily newspaper
Notes to Editors
The survey was conducted by Virtual Surveys amongst their online
panel between 28th – 31st July 2006. A total of 6070 people were
interviewed and the data was weighted at analysis to nationally
representative proportions for age and gender.