Organic waste to help meet WFD targets

The Environment Department (DEFRA) has confirmed that organic wastes will count towards the 50% household recycling target outlined in the revised waste framework Directive (WFD) if it is "genuinely recycled".

Article 11(2)(a) of the Directive states member states must take measures to prepare "for re-use and the recycling of waste materials such as at least paper, metal, plastic and glass from households" and possibly from other similar waste streams to "a minimum of overall 50% by weight". But there is confusion over its meaning and how it is to be interpreted.

In a letter responding to concerns raised by the County Surveyors’ Society, DEF

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