England has nearly met the 2010 Landfill Directive target for biodegradable municipal waste, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
In its departmental report 2008 Defra said this achievement was a highlight of 2008.
Defra permanent secretary Helen Ghosh said: On waste and water, new forward-looking strategies have demonstrated a much more consistent and integrated sustainable consumption and production approach and the environmental impacts of food production and consumption in particular have been an increasing area of focus for the Department (as well as for major retailers).
Other highlights included meeting the first part of its Public Service Agreement target six on waste, which was to enable at least 25% of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2005/06. Defra said it is on course for the second PAS target, to show further improvement by 2008.
More than 86 million tonnes of recycling will be diverted from disposal over the lifetime of Waste & Resources Action Programme projects already commissioned, saving over 12 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, the report said.