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Recycling: Warrington

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of Warrington borough council's progress towards meeting targets for recycling.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

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Recycling and composting targets for household waste were set for each local authority for 2003-04 and 2005-06. Targets have also been set for 2007-08.

Warrington borough council achieved a 13 per cent. recycling and composting rate in 2003-04, against their target of 20 per cent. In 2005-06, they reached a rate of 19 per cent. against their target of 30 per cent. While clearly there is a gap between the rates Warrington has achieved and their statutory targets, I understand that their performance has recently improved and is now moving close to their target of 30 per cent. for 2007-08.

My Department is working with the regional Government Offices on a programme of engagement with poor performing local authorities against their 2005-06 statutory recycling targets, including ministerial meetings with the very worst performers.

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