UK Circular Economy Package to set 65 per cent recycling target for 2035

The UK Government will commit to a 65 per cent municipal recycling rate by 2035 after it announced it would be transposing the vast majority of the EU’s Circular Economy Package (CEP) into UK law.

The UK CEP will replicate almost all of the EU’s CEP, which was passed into law in June 2018, including a limit of 10 per cent municipal waste to landfill by 2035, a ban on separately collected waste going to landfill or incineration and restrictions on the materials that can be sent for landfill or incineration.

The government states that bringing over the CEP into UK law will build on its commitments to be a world leader in environmental legislation, building on commitments made in the Resources and Waste Strategy, 25 Year Environment Plan and Environment Bill to make the UK a resource-efficient, high recycling nation.

Commenting on the announcement, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “We are committed to increasing our recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill to create a cleaner waste industry and reduce carbon emissions.”