Many councils fail to plan for recycling target

Only just over half the local authorities in Britain had submitted draft recycling plans to the Government almost a month after the deadline for doing so had passed. The early indications are that only about one-third expect to meet or exceed the Government's target of recycling half of the country's recyclable household waste by 2000.

The duty to prepare recycling plans was imposed on waste collection authorities by section 49 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The legislation enables the Government to impose a statutory deadline for submission of the draft plans to the Secretary of State. Instead, the Government asked local authorities last year to submit their draft plans by 1 August.

Just over 50 English councils met this deadline, as did nine of the 37 Welsh

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