Government to meet UK landfill targets

Britain will make its targets under the Landfill Directive for 2010, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The department said today (September 8) that the latest data for England and from the devolved administrations, meant the country will meet the 2010 Landfill Diversion Target to reduce biodegradable municipal waste to landfill.

Environment minister, Lord Henley, said: “It is pleasing to see that from the latest data the UK will meet the 2010 Landfill Directive target as it shows that people are beginning to realise that we can’t continue sending huge amounts of waste to landfill.

“As this Government strives to be the greenest government ever it will be important that this trend continues as we look to meet future targets.”

Further European Union targets will come into force on in 2013 and 2020, with the UK facing fines if it misses them.

The Government also published responses on two landfill consultations began under the previous Government last March and closed in June.

The consultations were on meeting EU landfill diversion targets and on the introduction of restrictions on the landfilling of certain wastes.

The consultation on meeting EU landfill diversion targets was aimed at local authorities and the waste management industry and addresses the changes necessary to enable the UK to report to the European Commission on a revised approach to the landfill diversion targets.

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Luke Walsh

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