Most local councils to miss deadline for recycling plans

The Government's recycling strategy for municipal waste was sagging a little after Environment Minister David Maclean disclosed in a parliamentary answer that only a handful of local authorities had submitted their recycling plans with just over a fortnight to go to the official submission deadline.1

The duty to compile recycling plans for household and commercial waste was imposed on waste collection authorities by section 49 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The plans are to include waste collection statistics and details of the recycling arrangements which councils intend to make.

Recycling plans are a key component of the Government's strategy to ensure that 50% of the country's recyclable household waste is being recycled

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