Positivity Remains Over England Reaching 2020 Waste Targets

An opinion poll conducted by CIWM Journal Online has found that respondents remain positive with regards to whether England will reach 50 percent recycling by 2020.

The poll was conducted in response to WRAP estimating that England needed to recycle another 1.7m tonnes to reach the goal.

In her August blog, WRAP’s Liz Goodwin said that reaching a 50 percent recycling rate “is not going to be easy” (See CIWM Journal Online story) as figures were published showing that the annual rate of recycling of “waste from households” in England was 44.2 percent in 2013, remaining relatively stagnant on the previous year with just a slight increase from 44.1 percent in 2012.

“The recycling rates published this week are disappointing,” Goodwin said in her blog. “They support the view that many in the sector have been worrying about for some time – that we look increasingly likely to miss the 50 percent recycling rate in 2020.”

She revealed that WRAP estimates that England needs to recycle another 1.7m tonnes to reach the 50 percent recycling rate needed by 2020.

“It means everyone needs to do more – central government, local authorities, waste management companies, reprocessors, the retailers and brands, organisations like WRAP and all of us as householders,” she said.

CIWM Journal Online asked whether this was achievable.

The majority (51 percent) said this was in fact achievable, while 29 percent said it was not. Twenty percent of respondents said that it was “too soon to tell”.

The latest CIWM Journal Online opinion poll is asking whether the Government is right to reject EAC recommendations to lower VAT on recycled products. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE.


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