From passionate tweets about ‘Planet Earth II’ to our rejection of fast fashion, millennials are widely perceived as a more woke generation when it comes to matters of the environment.

But new research suggests 25 to 34-year olds are actually far more reluctant to recycle than older generations.

Perhaps surprisingly, more than one in five 25 to 34-year olds said they find recycling too time consuming and are not in the habit of recycling (22%), while only 6% of people over the age of 55 said the same.

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At first glance, you could be forgiven for assuming millennials aren’t as green-minded as it may seem.

However, Katherine Mathieson, chief exec of The British Science Association, said the findings could reflect the challenges younger people face when recycling, with so many in rented accommodation and shared housing, where time, space and resources may be restricted.

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