In a report published today (pdf), the NAO predicted that if no further action is taken councils will miss the 2010 target by 270,000 tonnes, and the 2014 target by 1.4m tonnes.
The report said it was difficult to predict the level of EU fines, but it cited the prime minister's strategy unit, which said penalties could be up to £180m a year. It also found that the UK lags way behind many other European countries in its record on landfill waste.
In 2003, 75% of municipal waste was buried in Britain, compared to 38% in France and only 20% in Germany, it said. The report said that the level of recycling and composting would need to increase to achieve the target, but it also said more waste would need to be burned in unpopular incinerators.
Posted on 27th July 2006
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