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Waste Minister does not back proposals for higher recycling targets

Waste Minister does not back proposals for higher recycling targets

17th October 2016
Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has reiterated the Government's reluctance to back proposals for a 65% by 2030 recycling target, as set out in the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package. In a letter written last month to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh MP, Dr Coffey claimed that the targets were ‘too high to be achievable’. Currently, EU Member States are subject to a 50% by 2020 recycling target, a figure that the UK is likely to fall short of. Dr Coffey’s comments come under opposition from green groups including the Green Alliance, Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, who this week wrote to ministers appealing for support for the proposed recycling targets. The environmental groups argue that targets would create long-term certainty, and create conditions that will ‘encourage concerted action’ from businesses and governments to improve recycling rates.