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LARAC calls for action on 50% target to spur 70% goal

Waste specialists in local authorities have called on the Government to use the recently published EU recycling target of 70% to reinvigorate UK waste policy

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) wants a greater immediate focus on the 50% national target “so it can be used as a stepping stone to higher recycling levels and a possible 70% in the future”.

Andrew Bird

LARAC chair Andrew Bird, left, said Wales and Scotland had already adopted 70% targets and reinforced the commitment policy direction and targeted funding support.

“If a similar approach was adopted in England there is no reason why local authorities should not be able to get close to the 70% figure,” he said.

“However it will take investment in services and better joint working across the industry to hit these high levels in the future. The first step needs to be a re engagement in waste policy by the Government with support mechanism to help local authorities meet the 50% target.”

LARAC says a 70% target proposed by the European Commission on 2 July requires investment in infrastructure and a more holistic approach to packaging design and collection.

The committee says any type of landfill ban would be pointless without alternative treatment routes.

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