COUNCILS across Yorkshire have been praised for making rapid strides in tackling the region's rubbish mountain.
A new report out this week revealed successes.
But the report, released by the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly, also shows a lack of funding, little public awareness and too few re-cycling facilities, particularly in rural areas, is hindering progress.
The report, which follows the launch of the first Yorkshire and Humber Waste Strategy by the Assembly last year, assessed the waste management performance of all the region's 22 local authorities.
Among its findings were there have been considerable improvements in the recycling and composting performance of most councils in the region.
All but three authorities are on track to achieve the 2005/06 statutory recycling and composting targets and the quantity of waste landfilled has decreased over the last three years in all but three authorities.
It is hoped the report will be used to free up extra funding for local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber, which has already seen nine projects in the region given more than £10m to tackle particular aspects of waste disposal.
In addition, a number of councils have ambitious plans for developing recycling services, many of which will be supported by Government funding.
But the report has also highlighted barriers to progress cited by local authorities.
Assembly chairman Peter Box said the report showed that local authority performance in several areas of waste management, such as recycling, has improved significantly over the last three years.
"It has also highlighted clear opportunities for local councils in the region to share good practice and learn from each other," he added.
"A great deal of work has gone into tackling waste, but the question of having to deal with the environmental impact of where the rubbish actually goes remains with us.
"Progress has been made since we launched the Waste Strategy last year, but the key challenge for us all to face is to find ways of working together within our local and regional communities to find the best way of improving waste management in both the short and long term."