Councils seek recycling strategy as waste paper prices plummet

The dramatic fall in the price of waste paper this year is upsetting local authorities' plans to invest in recovery projects, making it harder for them to meet the target to recycle 25% of household waste by 2000. Councils fear that such price volatility may affect other materials once the new packaging regulations take effect next year and volumes increase - especially as no single organisation appears to be in a position to develop a national recovery strategy for packaging waste.

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