France takes further steps to reduce waste

Government outlines future policy following stakeholder negotiations late last year

The French environment ministry has announced new objectives to further reduce waste arisings following stakeholder negotiations in December.

The overall direction was given by French president Nicolas Sarkozy in October and remains the same as that adopted by the government in 2005: policy should focus on reducing waste generation, not incineration (EED 22/09/05).

Among the concrete targets agreed, the ministry says household waste going to landfill or incineration will be cut by 15 per cent by 2012 compared with 2004 levels. Recycling rates will increase to 45 per cent by 2015 compared with 24 per cent now. And packaging recycling rates will increase to 75 cent by 2012.

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