RECYCLING has rocketed in the Kirklees area
And environmental bosses are now hoping to smash the Yorkshire average of 19% of household waste going in the green bin.
Unaudited figures published today by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs reveal 23% of household waste in the UK is now recycled.
Performances around the UK vary.
The worst area is the North East - where just 16% of waste is recycled.
But Norfolk and Suffolk are the best performing with 29%.
Kirklees Council chiefs have announced they are hoping to smash last year's figure of 16.5%.
They say it could have increased to as much as 21%.
The official figures for Kirklees will be released once the full auditing process is over.
Kirklees environmental project manager Dave McMahon said he was confident once the official figures for Kirklees are released they will be worth celebrating.
He said: "We have worked really hard and now almost 90% of homes have green wheeled bins.
"If people find they are filling their green bin before the monthly collection, they can contact the council and get another.
"Last year we were up to 16.5% and I think we will beat our target of 21% this year. But there is still a lot more to do."
Local environmental quality minister Ben Bradshaw praised the public.
He said: "We have doubled the amount we recycle in just four years.
"These figures prove how much more people understand the importance of recycling compared to even just four years ago.
"There is no doubt we can be proud of our progress to date, but now it is time to build on that and start catching up with some of Europe's top recyclers.
"Every person in England is currently recycling enough to fill eight green wheelie bins, but they could be filling more than 20 - the equivalent of 60% of their waste.
"For example, in Germany they recycle almost 60% of their waste, so next year let's beat our target of 25% and try instead to be well on the way to our 2010 target of 30%."