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Hanson Backs Tougher Recycling Targets

Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s decision to increase packaging and recycling targets from 2008 onwards.

The new targets have been designed to save more CO2 emissions than the targets originally outlined last year. The new targets take into account updated market data and the feedback received during last year’s public consultation.

In this year alone the new, higher targets will save over 8m tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere, helping in the fight against dangerous climate change. The targets will increase again over the following two years to realise a further saving of 258,097 tonnes of CO2 in 2009 and then an additional 285,436 tonnes in 2010.

The new overall recovery targets of 72% in 2008, 73% in 2009 and 74% in 2010 will ensure that we meet our 2008 EU Directive target of recycling at least 60% of our packaging waste. They will also contribute to meeting the ambitions outlined in the 2007 Waste Strategy for England.

David Hanson said:

“I welcome these new targets which recognise the important role recycling can play for both businesses and consumers in tackling the dangerous effects of climate change.

“In order to meet these targets we need to ensure that the right recycling facilities are in place to assist businesses and the general public. This why I am keen for the UK Government to continue to work closely with the Welsh Assembly,  Flintshire County Council and others to develop the right package of measures to help us meet these recycling targets.”