England "turning back the tide" of waste

Authorities celebrate cut in municipal waste, increased recycling, less biodegradable waste landfilling

Policies to stop the "historic tide" of growth in municipal waste and to improve its management are really beginning to bite, the UK government reported on Thursday. The volume of municipal waste generated in England fell by three per cent in 2005/6 – marking "the biggest reduction on record". Recycling and recovery rates both increased markedly. Local authorities easily beat a target for reducing landfilling of biodegradable waste under an innovative landfill allowance trading scheme, the Anglo-Welsh environment agency reported separately. See press releases from UK environment ministry and environment agency report.

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