From a recent article in the Daily Express;The European Commission has announced plans for councils to recycle 70 per cent of household waste by 2030, an increase on the current 50 per cent target set for 2020, with new rules demanding at least 80 per cent of packing waste is included. The commission is also considering a ban on sending any recyclable waste to landfill sites by 2025. Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection, said households could face further fines if councils fail to meet the targets. Laws which already allow local authorities to slap hefty fines on people who put their rubbish out on the wrong day or use the wrong bin are under review. She said: “What might happen is that as we get closer to that date, and the figures don’t look good, a new Government may bring in compulsory recycling. As we have already seen, with some councils this could lead to fining. People should be encouraged to recycle but although I prefer the carrot to the stick, councils often prefer the stick.” “They have got to give people help to do this, it is going to take a lot of work and I think we will struggle to recycle much more than we do.” Mike Jones, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Environment and Housing Board, said: “Local authorities have made a huge contribution to meeting existing waste and recycling targets. Additional targets are not the most effective way to encourage this and could lead to increased costs when resources are stretched.” The 70 per cent targets were described as “extremely ambitious” by Nigel Mattravers, chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers Waste and Resource Management Expert Panel. He said: “The momentum behind the current 2020 goal of 50 per cent has flatlined and meeting it will require strategic leadership and coordination.” Steve Lee, of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, said meeting the targets would be a “challenge” requiring Government “leadership and ambition”. According to figures from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs Britain already lags behind on recycling.
Between 2012 and 2013 43.2 per cent of waste was recycled, a big leap from 12 per cent in 2001 but low compared with Austria at 63 per cent and Germany at 62 per cent.
The obvious cost implications of this are further exacerbated by additional EU plans to limit the amount of commingling of recycled waste, meaning we may soon have to separate glass, paper, plastic, card, cans etc. in to separate bins for collection.
Who says the EU has nothing to do with our everyday lives?