Domestic Waste: Recycling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th July 2018.

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Photo of Thelma Walker Thelma Walker Labour, Colne Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department’s targets are for levels of household waste recycling after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government is committed to publishing a new Resources and Waste Strategy in 2018 aimed at making the UK a world leader in resource efficiency. It will ensure resources are used more efficiently and kept in use for longer, and set out how we will work towards eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050. This is consistent with the EU’s Circular Economy Package and in some respects goes beyond it.

As we develop the Resource and Waste Strategy we will explore whether new, more innovative targets can be developed that deliver clear benefits over those proposed by the EU. Should they be preferable, the UK Government will present proposals to the UK Parliament following withdrawal from the EU. Until that point the UK will continue to meet its obligations under law, including any new EU targets should they be implemented as part of a transitional agreement when we leave the EU.

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