Some of the UK's waste targets for 2020 have already been met, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

In general terms, the UK is on course to either meet or exceed its short-term goals.  

One of the targets already being met is the amount of waste sent to landfill. The amount is decreasing, with 22% (2020 target is 35%) of biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill in 2015.  

However, just 44.3% of household waste was recycled in 2015 compared with 44.9% in 2014. This is the first time the rate has dropped since Defra started releasing the figures in 2010.  

In response to the fall in household recycling rates, members of the waste industry are urging greater responsibility from producers and suppliers for the waste management of their products.  

Funding cuts to local authorities have been cited as an issue, as has a lack of guidance for households as to what can be recycled and what can't.  

In an interview with Resource Magazine, David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, when speaking about the UK's recycling rate, said: “Fresh thinking is needed to resuscitate England’s declining recycling performance.'

'At SUEZ, we believe extended producer responsibility (EPR) can be a key driver for raising recycling rates.”

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