In 2000 the Government produced a National Waste Strategy, which set statutory recycling targets for each council
National recycle and composting rates must reach at least:
- 40% by 2010
- 45% by 2015
- 50% by 2020
Here at North West Leicestershire our recycling rate soared from 6% in 2002-03 to around 35% in 2006-07, for 2012-13 we as a district have a recycling rate of 47%.
A new National Waste Strategy was created in 2007, this aimed at higher goals and tougher targets - particularly around reducing waste.
Each year we generate about 100 million tonnes of waste from households and industry.
Most of this ends up in landfill - where the biodegradable part generates methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) while valuable energy is used extracting and processing new raw materials.
We must break the link between economic growth and waste growth. Most products should be re-used or their materials recycled. Energy should be recovered from other wastes where possible. Landfill should become a last resort - not the easy choice of a throwaway society.
All the councils within Leicestershire work within the Leicestershire Waste Management Partnership to improve recycling performance.
Our Leicestershire Waste Strategy sets out our vision for waste management until 2020 - with recycling targets of:
- 40% by 2007
- 50% by 2010
- 58% by 2017
We current recycle around 47% of your waste, so thank you to all of residents who recycle!
Find out more about the Leicestershire Waste Partnership at www.lesswaste.org.uk
Last updated: Tue 1 July, 2014 @ 10:08