England’s waste strategy at a glance

The strategy covers England only and replaces Waste Strategy 2000, which included Wales. Key targets and proposals include:

  • A promise to consult on further restrictions on landfilling biodegradable wastes and recyclable materials.
  • Targets to reduce household waste not being reused, recycled or composted from 18.6 million tonnes in 2005 to 15.8 million tonnes in 2010 and an aspiration to reduce it to 14.3 million tonnes in 2015 and 12.2 million tonnes in 2020.
  • A target for reusing, recycling or composting at least 40% of household waste by 2010, 45% by 2015 and 50% by 2020.
  • A target to recover 53% of municipal waste by 2010, 67% by 2015 and 75% by 2020.
  • A national target for the amount of commercial and industrial waste sent to landfill. This is expected to fall by at least 20% by 2010 compared with 2004.
  • A possible target to halve construction, demolition and excavation waste sent to landfill by 2012. The base date may be 2005.
  • The possibility that this year’s sustainable construction strategy could include "objectives" for zero net waste at construction level by 2015 and zero waste to landfill by 2020.
  • New targets for aluminium and plastics packaging may be introduced beyond the packaging Directive’s 2008 targets.
  • Amendment of the producer responsibility legislation to minimise packaging.
  • Optimal standards for different types of packaging.
  • The landfill tax escalator for active wastes will increase from £3 to £8 per tonne in 2008/09. This will run until at least 2010/2011, so doubling the tax from the current £24 per tonne.
  • ‘Early’ removal of the ban on local authorities introducing financial incentives for waste reduction and recycling.
  • An annual resource efficiency inventory of sites regulated under the PPC regime, published by the Environment Agency.
  • Incentives for local authorities and businesses to use anaerobic digestion for food waste.
  • A new Waste Strategy Board of government to implement the strategy and develop new policy measures. A Waste Stakeholder Group made up of business, government and NGO representatives will advise the board.

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