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The Local Government Association has warned that Britain will miss European targets to cut landfill by 2013. LGA research showed the country throws more rubbish into the ground than its EU neighbours. The UK put 19.9 million tonnes in landfill in 2007, compared with Italy’s 14.7 million and Poland’s 11.2 million. (LGCplus report)
The proportion of household rubbish recycled in England has increased from 34.5% to 37.6% in the past year, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. However, England still lags behind its European neighbours, with the Netherlands recycling 65% of waste and Denmark 41%. (DEFRA press release)
Cases of fly-tipping fell by 10% last year, although more than one million incidents were still reported, government figures have shown. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimated total clean-up costs had reached £54m. (LGCplus report)
Kerbside recycling rates tend to be lowest in poor, urban areas according to research by the Waste and Resources Action Programme. The report Analysis of kerbside dry recycling performance in England 2007/08 examined the social and demographic factors which influence recycling rates for ‘dry’ materials such as paper and glass. (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
Wind of change for renewable energy (LGCplus report)
- Scotland’s recycling rates rise (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
- Council’s on track to meet 2010 LATS target (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
- SEPA report on health effects on incinerators is inconclusive (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
- Hackney first to sign up to waste collection commitment (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
- Harrow to transform cigarette ends into loft insulation (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
- Serco to handle Bexley’s waste for £160m (Materials Recycling Weekly report)
Introduction to Waste Legislation, Chartered Institute of Waste Management, 26 January 2010, Northampton.