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Circular economy measures drive forward ambitious plans for waste - Defra

The Circular Economy Package includes a target to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2035 and measures to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill or incinerated.

Plans to reduce waste and establish an ambitious long-term path for waste management and recycling across the UK have been published today (Thursday 30 July).

In the latest step in government efforts to tackle waste, the Circular Economy Package sets a target to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2035 and to have no more than 10% municipal waste going to landfill by 2035.

It restricts the materials which can be landfilled or incinerated, and includes a requirement that waste which is separately collected for recycling must not be incinerated or sent to landfill. This paves the way for more recyclable materials to be kept in circulation within the resources and waste system, instead of being burned or buried.

The Circular Economy Package builds on the government’s landmark Resources and Waste Strategy, which ensures we go further and faster to reduce, reuse and recycle more of our resources.

Posted on: 30 July 2020

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