DoE aims to improve waste statistics

Reliable data on waste generation, recycling and disposal have been conspicuously lacking for many years in the UK. A new effort has now been launched by the Department of the Environment (DoE) to improve the information base.

The lack of information on waste runs right through from local to central government level. It has often devalued local waste disposal plans; it has sometimes resulted in misplaced investments in waste collection and recycling; it has left the DoE unable to say how much household waste is already being recycled against its recycling target; and it has inhibited the formulation of waste management strategies and monitoring and assessment of the

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