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NI environment minister proposes C&I recycling targets

Northern Ireland environment minister Alex Attwood has launched a consultation on a revised delivery programme for the region’s waste management strategy that could include a 60% commercial and industrial (C&I) waste target by 2020.

The proposals include an improvement in C&I arisings estimates; the development of a ‘targeted programme’ for the prevention, re-use and recycling of C&I waste; minimum battery collection rates of 25% by September 2012 and 45% by September 2016; and an overall packaging recycling rate of 68.1% for obligated businesses by 2012.

Other proposals include a 50% reduction on 1995 levels in the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill by 2013, rising to 35% of 1995 levels by 2020. This will allow only 429,000 of BMW to be landfilled in Northern Ireland.

According to the consultation, the need for a revised delivery programme for the Northern Irish 2006-20 waste strategy followed the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive, in order to “focus on those interventions that can ensure the delivery of…overarching aims”.

Attwood said: “I am setting ambitious targets. It is right to do so, given the benefits to the environment, the valuable resources locked in waste and the jobs that could be produced. We need to be imaginative and push ourselves to achieve them.

“Re-focusing delivery of the waste programme on those areas where we can have the greatest impact is a significant step in that process, and I urge people to have their say on these important issues.

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