HOUSEHOLDERS in Kirklees are recycling more waste than ever.
New figures show that 14% of waste was recycled or composted in 2003/04.
And environment managers hope to better that figure by 50% next year and meet Kirklees's target for 2005/2006 of 21%.
All councils with waste management responsibilities have been set individual Statutory Performance Standards for recycling and composting and by law have to meet them.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett said figures which show people in Kirklees are recycling 14% of their household waste, such as paper, glass, cans and plastic.
But Dave McMahon, Kirklees Council's environment projects manager, wants more people to take part in the recycling schemes which the council offers, including the green bin scheme.
He said the council was on track to meet the next targets, which will mean that more than a fifth of all waste is recycled across the area.
He added: "We are working towards the targets for 2005/06 and we hope to achieve them.
"We would encourage everyone to take part in the initiatives which the council runs to recycle as much as possible," said Mr McMahon.
But the environmental group Friends of the Earth want the Government to set more ambitious recycling targets for 2010.
It says Britain still languishes behind its European neighbours.
Some countries recycle more than half - , with the Netherlands topping the recycling charts at 59%.
Georgina Bloomfield, Friends of the Earth recycling campaigner, said recycling half of all rubbish by 2010 would give Britain a recycling record to be proud of.