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Recycling has been the subject of sustained parliamentary interest over the last few years, with enquiries by Committees of both Houses, set against the backdrop of increasing attention being given to issues of sustainable development. UK policy has been under detailed review and a consultation paper on a future National Waste Strategy has just been issued in which policy on recycling forms an important part. Despite this attention, levels of recycling in many UK materials remain low relative to some other EU States.

This short report thus looks at the current extent of waste recycling, the technical potential for increasing the amount of waste recycled and issues arising.


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