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EA misses landfill target


The Environment Agency (EA) has missed a key recycling target after failing to divert all its office waste from landfill.

According to the agency’s latest environmental statement, it sent 2% of its office waste to landfill in 2014-15, after setting itself a goal to divert 100% of waste from landfill by March last year.

But it greatly surpassed its other main target to reduce office waste by 20% from a baseline year of 2008-09, hitting 50% instead, according to the 2014 to 2015 EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) annual environmental statement.

The EA also reduced carbon dioxide emissions from its operations by 40% and vehicle mileage by 37%, while the average carbon intensity of the fleet reduced from 112g carbon dioxide per kilometre (in 2013 to 2014) to 108g.

Future targets the EA has now set itself for 2020 include:

  • Recover, reuse or recycle more than 90% of offices, depots, laboratories and operational waste
  • Recover, reuse or recycle more than 97% waste from buildings
  • Recover, reuse or recycle more than 95% of waste from projects
  • Use 85% recycled aggregate for all EA construction projects

Former chief executive Paul Leinster said: ”This EMAS statement sets out how we have addressed our impacts and what we have achieved.

“These achievements reflect the dedication and application of all the people who work in the EA – together we have achieved this.

“In many areas of work we have been able to be more effective in our use of resources, and saved money that we were then able to reinvest in outcomes for people and the environment.”

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