All waste disposal authorities in England have successfully met their limits for the first year of the Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme (LATS, helping reduce the overall amount of waste sent to landfill, it was confirmed yesterday.
Government targets to recycle and compost 25% of household waste in England by 2005/06 have also been met and exceeded. They show that households in England recycled 27% of their waste during 2005/06, 4% more than in the previous year.Local environment quality minister Ben Bradshaw said: ' We have nearly quadrupled recycling since 1997. But we need to double it again as part of our battle against dangerous climate change and to hit landfill diversion targets. Local authorities have worked hard to increase recycling to 4% in just the last year, but there is still an unacceptably big gap between the best and worst performers.'Local authorities should be congratulated for making a success of the landfill allowances trading scheme. This is an important first step. The more biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) that is diverted from landfill and recycled the quicker we will meet our 2010 target to reduce BMW to 11.2m tones, 75% of that produced in 1995.'The news came as experts expressed disappointment that the government did not change waste licensing regulations to allow residue from mechanical biological treatment to be spread on agricultural land. The new Waste Management Licensing Regulations were published this week.