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Defra says 2013 landfill diversion targets will be met

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has denied claims that the country will miss its landfill diversion target for 2013.

Other media reports suggested that at an internal board meeting Defra officials said the UK will landfill 10% more than it is allowed to by 2013.

In order to meet Landfill Directive obligations the UK will have to reduce the biodegradable municipal waste it landfills to 50% of that produced in 2005.

In July 2008 Defras Waste Strategy Board discussed the work of its Waste Infrastructure Development Programme (WIPD). The intention of the programme is to accelerate the building of infrastructure needed to treat residual waste without compromising efforts to minimise waste and increase recycling.

A Defra spokeswoman said: Defra officials highlighted best and worst case scenarios during discussions, these are not hard and fast predictions. We are working hard to meet the challenging landfill diversion targets set for 2013 and remain confident that we are on course to do this.  Success depends on improving recycling rates and reducing waste growth as well as building new infrastructure, which Defra supports. Working with others to explore a range of scenarios is a normal part of the professional management of complex programmes."

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