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Targets of 70% recycling proposed for Wales

A need to recycle 70% of Wales municipal waste by 2025 to meet EU targets has been expressed by a Government Minister to councils. The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson suggested the targets, as part of a meeting with the Welsh Assembly Government and local authorities (LAs) to discuss future plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She asked those present to consider dramatically increasing waste and household rubbish recycling and composting and discussed actions to achieve such targets. Davidson said: We have to look at a harder focus for our targets in the future to combat climate change. This is the start of a discussion with local authorities to agree ways to reach the targets to reduce our reliance on unsustainable landfill and meet the EU directive targets. Doing nothing beyond the current 40% recycling aim by 2010 is not an option because beyond that date the EU targets are set higher with the threat of fines if we do not meet them. It is crucial that the Assembly Government and LAs are working to the same agenda and have the same ambitions to recycle more. She also recognised that amounts of rubbish are influenced by packaging and that to tackle the problem Government, LAs, communities, the private sector and individuals need to work together. She added: Last week I announced a two-year package of funding grants for local authorities worth £14 million to start new recycling and composting scheme, including setting up Waless first plastic recycling unit. This shows our commitment to providing the funding needed to help LAs reach their recycling and composting targets. This investment followed an earlier announcement of figures showing that LAs met the all-Wales target for recycling for 2006-07 and are progressing to meet the targets for 2009-10. (mrw.co.uk October 15 2007)

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