According to analysis published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the UK saw the biggest increase in recycling of any EU country from 2001 to 2010.
The report predicted the UK would achieve its 50 percent target if it maintains its annual growth rate for recycling that it recorded over the past decade.
Statistics showed earlier this month, however, that the UK was not maintaining its annual growth and had stagnated on the EU recycling league table for the second consecutive year. (Full story here)
The EEA warned also that the UK could fail to meet the separate 2020 Landfill Directive target as there may not be enough time to build the necessary recycling and recovery facilities for organic wastes.
The report also revealed that five countries have already reached the 50 percent recycling target: Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
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