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£500M TO BOOST RECYCLING

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An extra£500m to help local authorities meet new targets for recycling waste is to be announced by the chancellor,...
An extra£500m to help local authorities meet new targets for recycling waste is to be announced by the chancellor, Gordon Brown.

The Guardian (p10) reports that under the targets announced by the government last month, councils will be expected to recycle 25% of their waste by 2005, compared with a current average figure of under 8%.

Environment minister Michael Meacher is said to have argued that councils had no chance of reaching these targets unless they received around£350m over the next three years.

Ministers are also said to have been alarmed that some recycled materials have been sent to landfill sites because there has not been a market for the goods.

The new cash will be in addition to the growing amount of money made available - currently around£100m a year - in landfill tax credits, administered by the private regulator Entrust.
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