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Liverpool urged to improve recycling performance

Liverpool’s recycling efforts have been lambasted with the city urged to set itself ambitious targets for the future.

After visiting the area for a public meeting of the Environment Agency’s board, its head Sir John Harman suggested that with landfill tax set to rise, it would be taxpayers who would foot the bill if recycling figures did not improve.

He said: “I have seen the figures. I would like to see a better recycling performance here; we clearly want to encourage the council to set itself ambitious targets. It is becoming a costly issue to the taxpayer.”

Things have improved in the city, with the introduction of kerbside recycling in 2003 increasing its performance from a mere 1.9% to 10.7%. A further survey has also found that Merseysiders could recycle half of what they throw away.

But while Liverpool City Council has spent an extra £500,000 on a green waste recycling service and the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority has launched the ‘Love Liverpool’ recycling campaign, there is still a long way to go before it reaches the national target of 20% by 2008.

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