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14 Jul 2009 10:07:01

Local authorities doing well on UK waste and recycling



Local authorities doing well on UK waste and recycling
Local authorities in the UK maintain a good record on waste and recycling despite the challenging targets that are placed on them.

That is according to Waste Watch, an environmental charity, which pointed to the recent news that some councils are now recycling more than 60 percent of their municipal waste.

Mike Webster, a spokesperson for the group, suggested that such milestones suggest there has been a definite sea change in views on recycling.

"We believe that as long as councils have the political will, they can continue to improve," he added.

His comments came as the plastics industry pledged to cut down on the amount of waste that it sends to landfill.

Launching the Plastics 2020 Challenge, the British Plastics Federation explained that it aims to establish new recycling targets for itself, government and consumers.

"Plastics have become indispensable to our daily lives and yet debate surrounding their use and disposal has become unhelpfully polarised," said the campaign's Calum Forsyth.

Meanwhile, a report published last month by analyst ComRes highlighted that most waste authorities feel the government should provide more financial and planning help towards landfill targets.

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