18 environmental groups, co-ordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link, respond to the latest Government waste and recycling figures by demanding legally binding targets.
Overall recycling in the UK has stalled and packaging waste recycling is less now than in 2013. The latest waste and recycling figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) show that overall recycling rates have increased only very slightly in 2016 to 44.6% (up from 44.3% in 2015 and down from 44.9% in 2014.)
The Wildlife and Countryside Link network, who are part of the Sustain alliance, have joined forces with 18 environmental groups (including Sustain members Friends of the Earth, Marine Conservation Society and RSPCA) to demand the Government take action to reduce this growing waste mountain.
The campaigners are urging Defra to publish a definitive action plan to deliver these proposals and meet the UK Government’s ambition of zero avoidable waste by 2050, including setting legally-binding targets to:
Julian Kirby, Waste Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:
‘With China’s slamming of the door on contaminated UK recycling and people across the country increasingly appalled at the impacts of plastic pollution, these recycling statistics are another damning indictment of the government’s ineffective laissez-faire approach to waste. Gove’s green speeches must be matched with clear targets and direction if England is to match Wales’s startling progress, and undo the disastrous impact of his colleagues’ 2011 Waste Review.’
Wales is the second best recycler of household waste in the world. These latest figures from Defra show a marked difference in recycling rates across the nations:
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