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CASH BOOST NEEDED TO HIT RECYCLING TARGETS

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National and European recycling targets could be missed unless the government gives councils more money for waste m...
National and European recycling targets could be missed unless the government gives councils more money for waste management, the Local Government Association has warned.

The claim followed government figures which showed recycling rates in England had risen by 2% to 14.5% of household waste in 2002-03.

Councils have been set a target of 25% for 2005-06.

Funding for environmental, protective and cultural services was earmarked to rise by just 0.6% next year (LGC, 16 July) in last month's Treasury spending review.

But Jim Harker (Con), vice chair of the LGA's environment board, said this would only cover inflation and increases in landfill tax. The 3.5% awards for the following two years of the spending review would be 'eaten-up by cash-starved services', he said.

He added: 'The inevitable result will be either increases in council tax, cuts in other services, or failure to meet national and EU targets.'

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