local council recycling praised

An environmental group has praised local authorities' track record of successful recycling.

Waste Watch admitted that councils have "unquestionably challenging" targets to meet, but they still manage to do a "mostly good job".

The comments come after the launch of a new campaign to reduce plastic use, encourage recycling and work towards an end to sending plastics to the landfill.

Developed by the British Plastics Federation, the Plastics 2020 Challenge has been supported by MPs and local councils across the UK and is the first time that plastic manufacturers have agreed to debate the suitability of their products.

"Waste Watch welcomes these commitments from the plastics industry," said Mike Webster, a spokesperson for the organisation.

He added: "We believe that as long as councils have the political will, they can continue to improve."

A recent report from ComRes found that 71 per cent of councillors are either very or fairly confident that they will meet their landfill diversion targets.

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