DEFRA will not set recycling targets for English councils

Decision opens the door for English councils to aim below the national target of 50% recycling by 2020

The government will not set recycling targets for councils as a result of its waste review, environment secretary Richard Benyon announced on 26 April in a written answer to a parliamentary question by Jack Dromey (Lab, Erdington).

Although the UK has a national target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020, as required by the revised EU Waste Framework Directive, the government does not “intend to pass this target onto local authorities on an individual basis”, Mr Benyon said.

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