Targets for Recovery of Municipal Waste

England

Targets for municipal waste set in Waste Strategy 2007:

  • to recover value from 53% of municipal waste by 2010;
  • to recover value from 67% of municipal waste by 2015;
  • to recover value from 75% of municipal waste by 2020.

Northern Ireland

No specific targets in place.

NI Best Practicable Environmental Option Guidance (2005):

  • By 2010: recycling/composting rate of at least 35%, combination of Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)for about 10% waste
  • By 2013: recycling/composting rate of at least 40%, combination of MBT, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and thermal treatments for about 20% waste, less than 40% to landfill
  • By 2020: recycling/composting rate of at least 45%, combination of MBT,AD and thermal treatments for about 30% waste, no more than 25% waste to landfill

Scotland

Current 25% cap on local authority collected municipal waste sent to Energy from Waste (EfW) plants.

25% cap under review to incorporate emphasis toward dealing with all wastes and not just those managed by local authorities.

Wales

No more than 30% waste to landfill by 2025.