Official figures from Defra have revealed that household waste recycling rates in England stagnated last year, at 44.2%, compared to 44.1% in 2012.
If the UK fails to recycle less than 50% of household waste by 2020 it could face fines from Brussels in excess of £500,000 a day.
Recycling industry bosses said the target looked increasingly unlikely to be met, citing a decline in the amount of paper and packaging being used. David Palmer-Jones, head of recycling firm SITA UK, said radical measures to increase recycling rates may be needed. He raised the prospects of “skinny” wheelie bins to limit black bag waste physically, or council tax discounts for high recycling rates.
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My concern here is why are some of us so reluctant to recycle? Is it laziness? Surely this is major issue not from the fines perspective but from us not realising that if we don’t recycle we will run out of some commodities and if things become scarce it will push prices up. Recycling is a no-brainer so it needs to be pushed hard with school children in particular.