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Key Elements of Waste Strategy 2000, England and Wales (DETR, 2000)

Key Targets

  • to reduce the amount of industrial and commercial waste sent to landfill to 85% of the 1998 level by 2005
  • to recover value from 40% of municipal waste by 2005 (45% by 2010 and 67% by 2015) (Recovery includes recycling, composting and energy recovery)
  • to recycle or compost at least 25% of household waste by 2005 (30% by 2010 and 33% by 2015)

The strategy sets statutory performance targets for local authority recycling in England. Proposed standards for 2003 are:

  • Waste Disposal Authority areas with 1998/99 recycling and composting rates of under 5%, to achieve at least 10% WDA areas that recycled or composted between 5% and 15% in 1998/99 to double their recycling rate
  • remaining WDA areas to recycle or compost at least one third of household waste

Standards for each local authority for 2005-6 are published in ‘Guidance on Municipal Waste Management Strategies’ (DETR, 2001).

Further standards will be established for 2010.