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Government Failure - UK fails to reach household recycling targets

Graham Watson

12th May 2022

The extent to which the UK has managed to achieve its own targets for recycling household waste is revealed here.

The aim was to recycle 50% of waste by 2020, something that England has singularly failed to do, with only 44% of waste being recycled in 2020. On the other hand, Wales recycled 56.5% of its household waste in the same year.

Furthermore, there are specific issues with plastic waste: the UK government has failed to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles promised in 2018, and we are still exporting around two-thirds of our plastic waste.

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