North West Lags Far Behind on Recycling
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"Wake up and smell the Compost "
News that the North West of England has the highest landfill rates of anywhere in the country - a staggering 80% - has been greeted with dismay by the North West Green Party. (1)
"Greens in the North west will continue to press for substantial and practical changes, but figures such as these show it is high time that local councils woke up and smelt the compost!" said Peter Cranie, Liverpool, Riverside Green Party candidate for GE 2005.
The figure has been revealed in a recent Defra report on recycling (2). The report shows that Councils have exceeded the government's target to recycle and compost 17% of household waste during 2003-04.
"Whilst commendable, this is far behind the 50% rates of household recycling that countries such as Germany and the Netherlands are managing."
"Also, from the way the figures are calculated, it would appear that to meet national targets the government relies heavily on high-performing local authorities exceeding their targets, and on more waste being produced in high-recycling areas than in other areas." commented Peter Cranie.
"The North West region really needs to get its act together when it comes to recycling. The Green Party wants to see new recycling targets set for the UK
of 60% by 2010"
"We cannot go on indefinitely exploiting and wasting the natural resources of a finite world. If humans continue to promote policies which require the unlimited consumption of raw materials, it will lead not to more riches, even for the few, but poverty for all."
 Municipal Waste Management Survey 2003/04 (August 2005) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for England.
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