Targets for Waste Recycling and Waste Composting

England

National targets for household waste set in Waste Strategy 2007:

  • to recycle or compost at least 40% and recover value from 53% of household waste by 2010;
  • to recycle or compost at least 45% and recover value from 67% of household waste by 2015;
  • to recycle or compost at least 50% and recover value from 75% of household waste by 2020;
  • to reduce household waste not re-used, recycled or composted to 320kg/person/year by 2010 and to 225kg/person/year by 2020 (or equivalent weights/household).

Targets are currently under review.

Northern Ireland

Currently as per Waste Framework Directive requirements, but new Recycling Bill set to be introduced by 2014 with a mandatory 60% LACMW target by 2020. The draft Bill is out for consultation at present; it seems likely that it will follow the Welsh model – with staggered targets and possible penalties for failure to achieve targets

Scotland

Recycling, preparation for reuse or composting of LA household waste:

50% by 2013
60% by 2020
70% by 2025

Wales

Recycling, preparation for reuse or composting of LA municipal waste:

52% by 2012-13 (achieved)
58% by 2015/15
64% by 2019/20
70% by 2024/25

90% reuse/recycling of C&D wastes by 2025

Maximum 30% residual waste by 2025.