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Gloucestershire votes for 70% recycling by 2020

A commitment to recycle 70% of household waste by 2020 has been unanimously voted in by Gloucestershire County Council members.

In the cross-party vote, councillors also decided to establish a statutory waste authority or joint waste company for the county.

Councillor Peter Chamberlain said: The Labour Group is delighted that unanimous cross-party support was given to the motion for a county-wide statutory waste authority, an increased recycling target from 60% to achieve 70% by 2020 and to address the ever going issue of how to deal with residual waste.

Environment cabinet member Stan Waddington added: This shows that, on big issues, councillors from all parties are capable of agreeing the way forward.

This development follows the councils plans to secure private finance initiative funding to develop waste technology. The council submitted an outline business case to Government in April this year for a grant worth £171 million over 25 years ending in March 2016. The procurement process will begin in September this year.


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