UK groups launch zero waste charter

British environmentalists today launched a charter calling for achievement of "zero waste" in the UK by 2020. The ten-point plan targets 75% recycling of municipal waste by 2015 and a ban from 2006 on landfilling of untreated biological waste. Also demanded are a virtual phasing out of waste incineration, nationwide doorstep collection of recyclables and organic waste, an extension of Britain's landfill tax and establishment of a national zero waste agency. Greenpeace, one of the charter's backers, issued a report urging zero waste policies earlier this year (EED 20/03/02). See the charter.

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