Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 3 – Recycling in Eutopia

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 3 – Recycling in Eutopia. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.

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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts illustrate how recycling is carried out in Eutopia, and the pie charts show the percentage of recycled and unrecycled waste.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


The charts provide information about recycling in Eutopia in three different years, namely 1980, 1990 and 2000.The column chart shows that the percentage of recycled waste collected from people’s homes decreased from over three quarters to just over 70%. The percentage of recycled material taken to allocated areas increased between 1980 and 1990 but remained steady at 18% in 2000.

The amount of recycling done from items that were returned to their original starting point decreased in 1990 by 2%, but then increased to 8% in 2000. The category labelled ‘other’ decreased by 1% then remained stable at 2% for the final two given years.

The pie charts indicate a threefold increase in the amount of waste recycled between 1980 and 1990 from 7% up to 22%. In 2000, this figure had continued to increase, although at a less dramatic rate, finishing at one third of waste being recycled.

Overall, it can be seen that recycling increased over the time displayed, while the percentage collected from each house gradually decreased.

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