UK to stick to EU recycling targets

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The UK is to stick to the EU recycling targets, despite previous opposition, and is set to back the goal of recycling two-thirds of waste by 2035, The Guardian has reported 

Ministers now say they will support the targets, which are part of the EU’s circular economy package, and is to be voted on in late April.  

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These measures will also require waste going to landfill to be cut by 10% by 2035, with the current UK rate being 23%, according to The Guardian. 

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I want the UK to lead the way in driving global resource efficiency and that’s why, as well as backing the EU’s circular economy package, we have committed to publishing a new resources and waste strategy in 2018.” 

The EU package will set targets for household waste at 55% by 2025, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035, with recycling targets for packaging of 65% by 2025, and 70% by 2030.  

Opposition initially from the UK was due to concerns that recycling targets based on weight, and not environmental damage or value, may lead to outcomes such as heavy garden waste being prioritised over plastics, The Guardian said 

This move follows the announcement that the Government are to hold a consultation on a deposit return scheme for drink containers.  

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