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Defra announces new packaging targets

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed its intention that packaging waste recovery and recycling targets for the UK will increase from 2008 onwards.

Defra hope that the new overall recovery targets of 72% in 2008, 73% in 2009 and 74% in 2010 will help the UK meet its 2008 EU target of recycling at least 60% of packaging waste.

Business recovery and recycling targets for the UK in 2008 will be 67.5% for paper, 78% for glass, 35% for aluminium, 68% for steel, 26% for plastic and 20.5% for wood.

However, Defra acknowledge that the increases in targets for aluminium and glass for 2008 are slightly smaller than those on which it consulted in 2007. Defra said that aluminium and glass targets still represented an increase over 2007 targets and will rise steadily year-on- year.

Defra also said that it will be working with the industry, local authorities, the Waste & Resources Action Programme and other groups to develop a package of measures to increase aluminium recycling.

Environment minister Joan Ruddock said: Reducing, recovering and recycling packaging is an important way in which business, Government and the consumer can work together to reduce greenhouse gases. These increased targets represent our commitment to drive up recycling in Great Britain and tackle dangerous climate change.
Image: Environment minister Joan Ruddock

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