DEFRA will not set recycling targets for English councils

The government will not set recycling targets for councils as a result of its waste review

The government will not set recycling targets for councils as a result of its waste review.

This was announced by environment secretary Richard Benyon 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”, Mr Benyon said.

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