Recycling and waste

Recycling and waste

Recycling and waste

Mother and child putting waste in recycling bin

Taking action on waste is essential, since we are consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate and contributing unnecessarily to climate change.

Each year we generate about 100 million tonnes of waste from households, commerce and industry combined. Most of this currently ends up in landfill, where biodegradable waste generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. And much valuable energy is used up in making new products which are later disposed of, so also contributing to climate change.

Waste Strategy 2007 cover

Waste Strategy 2007

The Government has set out its vision for sustainable waste management in Waste Strategy for England 2007. The Government’s key objectives are to:

  • decouple waste growth (in all sectors) from economic growth and put more emphasis on waste prevention and re-use;
  • meet and exceed the Landfill Directive diversion targets for biodegradable municipal waste in 2010, 2013 and 2020;
  • increase diversion from landfill of non-municipal waste and secure better integration of treatment for municipal and non-municipal waste;
  • secure the investment in infrastructure needed to divert waste from landfill and for the management of hazardous waste; and
  • get the most environmental benefit from that investment, through increased recycling of resources and recovery of energy from residual waste using a mix of technologies.

Get the Strategy documents at: Waste Strategy for England 2007

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Following the publication of Waste Strategy for England 2007 we will be updating other areas in this website. For further information on various issues surrounding waste, see the following sections:

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Page last modified: 17 December 2007
Page published: 5 February 2003

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs