A CIWM Journal Online poll has revealed that 79 percent of those that answered thought an increase in Landfill Directive targets would lead to better performance.
Asking readers if it is Time For The UK To Be Self-Sufficient, CIWM Journal Online wanted to know readers thoughts on: if the EU was to review – and increase – the Landfill Directive targets, what effect would it have on the UK?
Of respondents, a majority – 79 percent – said that increased targets would lead to a better UK recycling performance.
Steve Lee, CIWM – “It comes as no surprise that many of CIWM’s members believe that higher Landfill Directive targets would have a positive impact on the UK’s recycling rates”
Thirteen percent said that increased targets would be unachievable and therefore discouraging to the UK, and eight percent said reviewed targets would make no difference.
Not one respondent thought that increased targets would have a detrimental effect on the UK’s recycling performance.
CIWM chief executive, Steve Lee, commented on the results, saying: “It comes as no surprise that many of CIWM’s members believe that higher Landfill Directive targets would have a positive impact on the UK’s recycling rates.
“The Directive has underpinned progress made in the UK on recycling over the last decade and we will be watching the European Commission’s review of this and other key waste directives with interest.
“It is important that we maintain this positive momentum, but CIWM is also mindful that there is concern in the industry that we may not have sufficient waste infrastructure in place to meet current targets.
“More ambitious targets at an EU level, therefore, would certainly bring this to the fore and compel UK governments to take the issue of waste date and future waste treatment capacity seriously.”
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