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Little waste going to landfill - COMMENT UPDATE

The amount of household waste being sent to landfill over the last five years has only marginally increased, according to a new report released today.


Since 2002 the waste arising in the domestic sector appears to have remained relatively static at around 31 million tonnes throughout a five year period, claims the report by Market Business Development (MBD).

The report entitled, The UK Waste Management Market Development, declares that the volume of
UK waste arising has been increased by just 1%.

Some commentators say that this minor increase is partly due to more household waste being recycled.

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) chair Lee Marshall said: All the statistics from WRAP suggest that the public are becoming more and more aware of recycling. But there is a danger of the media bashing the recycling message.

However,
Marshall did point out that the reports optimistic figures may be down to factors like local authorities not taking householders side waste.

Marshall
said: Most authorities no longer take side waste which can limit the amount of rubbish collections.

Side waste, is the black bag waste that is not put in the wheelie bin but by the side of it, this just gets left behind nowadays.

A further concern cited by
Marshall , is the lack of national statistics on the link between waste growth and local authority action. Until statistics are provided on this matter it will be difficult to prove whether householders recycling has an affect on waste figures, he claims.

Under the EU Directive local authorities have to meet their 2010 targets to decrease the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Marshall
said: Local authorities are trying to stick to these targets. At the moment the infrastructure is not in place to divert the large amount

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