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UK on track for biodegradable target

The amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill has dropped further, according to latest Defra figures.

In 2014, 8.7 million tonnes were sent to landfill, down from 9.2 million the year before.

This is well within the EU reduction target requiring member states to reduce their BMW to 35% of their 1995 baseline value.

The latest UK figure is 24% of its original 1995 total of 36 million tonnes.

Of the 8.7 million tonnes, 6.8 million came from England, 1.1 million from Scotland, 420,000 from Wales and 300,000 from Northern Ireland.

The UK has already met its previous reduction targets of 75% by 2010 and 50% by 2013.

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