Waste consultation results in new annual recycling targets

22 February, 2008

The government has increased its annual packaging recycling and recovery targets for the next three years following a public consultation on waste.

The Department for the Environment, Food

& Rural Affairs is now aiming for

recovery targets

- packaging reused by a producer

- of 72 per cent this year, compared with 68 per cent previously.

Annual targets for following years were also raised by 4 per cent - to 73 per cent in 2009 and 74 per cent in 2010.

Many drinks companies and retailers are already working with the Waste Resources Action Programme to reduce waste and improve recycling, but these new targets mean they will have to do more to reach them.

Defra's report follows industry concerns

that recycling targets for individual materials were in danger of being missed.

Defra had set lower individual targets for glass, aluminium and plastic than for overall recovery.

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