The figures also showed that while women are more likely to make sure that recycling goes into the right container, men are more likely to take responsibility for putting bins out for collection.
BusinessWaste.co.uk says that while nationwide recycling figures are generally on the up, women lead the way in making sure that waste is properly sorted.
“Overall, just less than half of all refuse in the United Kingdom is recycled,” said BusinessWaste.co.uk’s Mark Hall, “but when you break it down to how households behave, the men are lagging well behind.”
When households around the country were asked: “If your local authority has a recycling scheme, who is more likely to ensure that your waste is correctly sorted?”
The results were 19 per cent men and 39 per cent women. In 23 per cent of households, both took responsibility for the job, and in 19 per cent neither did.
“We’re amazed that more than twice as many women take the lead in recycling than men. Secondly, one-fifth of households admitted they don’t bother recycling at all. Scaled up to national levels, that’s literally millions of households.”
The survey, carried out last year, concluded that women take on the majority of household chores. While men were happy to do the more energetic jobs, such as taking bins out, it was the women who were far more likely to be rinsing, emptying and sorting waste for recycling. “We can coin a phrase here, and say that ‘There’s truth in what we throw away’,” said BusinessWaste.co.uk ’s Mark Hall, “and the truth is that women are just far more organised with rubbish than their male partners.”
By Lucy Purdy: email@example.com