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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - WASTE TARGETS CAN BE MET

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The chairman of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee is right not stake his mortgage on councils meetin...
The chairman of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee is right not stake his mortgage on councils meeting the 25 % recycling target (LGC, 14 May).

Recycling 25% of the UK's waste by 2005 will take a miracle. But 25% is a modest target and European experience shows it can be done.

Some great recycling is happening in the UK, as Friends of the Earth found out in our recent country-wide survey of doorstep recycling. Councils such as Barnet LBC, Daventry DC, Lichfield DC and Salford City Council are leading the field with successful doorstep collections.

We acknowledge that councils face challenges, not least cash-flow. FoE has calculated that around£375m a year in England and Wales is needed for doorstep recycling of dry and compostable material. This means the government must put in£200m extra each year.

Claire Wilton

Senior waste campaigner, Friends of the Earth

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