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FoE postcard campaign calls for 70% recycling target

Friends of the Earth (FoE) has presented environment minister Lord Henley with over 1,500 postcards signed by members of the public, calling for a 70% household waste recycling target by 2020.

1,547 postcards and 21 letters from local school children addressed to Defra secretary Caroline Spelman were accepted by Lord Henley.

FoE is calling for the Government to make a commitment to halving residual household waste by 2020, which could be achieved by setting a 70% recycling rate for waste, or increasing reuse or prevention schemes.

Friends of the Earth resource use campaigner Julian Kirby said: “If [Prime Minister] David Cameron is to convince voters his really will be the greenest Government ever, he must ensure the waste review results in genuine ambition. Few things would be so productive, and so popular, as a goal to halve household residual waste by 2020.” 

The Government will respond to the review’s call for evidence in May, and goals will then be set for the period between 2014 and 2020.

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