England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have each developed a National Waste Strategy which outlines how the UK plans to deal with the increasing amount of rubbish produced each year.
The amount of rubbish which is recycled needs to increase so the UK can meet the various European Waste Directives. The strategies aims are similar, they contain information on how the UK will deal with all sorts of waste including packaging, batteries, end of life vehicles and electronics. They also contain waste statistics, and detail the different people responsible for waste management in the UK.
The 'National Waste Strategy 2007 - England' can be viewed online at DEFRA's website. The strategy describes the vision for managing waste and resources and sets out the changes needed to deliver more sustainable development. The Government has set challenging targets to increase the recycling of municipal waste, to recycle or compost at least 40% by 2010, 45% by 2015 and 50% by 2020
The Government published the Waste Strategy Annual Progress Report 2007/08 on 10 July 2008. It highlights what has been achieved since the publication of the strategy and areas where there is still more to be done.
"Wise About Waste": the National Waste Strategy for Wales, published in June 2002, can be viewed online at the National Assembly for Wales' website at www.wales.gov.uk. The strategy sets the direction for developing sustainable waste management practices in Wales. Minimum targets have been set to increase the recycling and composting of municipal waste to 40% by 2010.
Scotland's Waste Strategy was launched in late 1999 to provide a framework within which Scotland can reduce the amount of waste it produces and deal with the waste it has produced in a more integrated and sustainable way.
You can download a copy of the National Waste plan 2003- Scotland which shows how national waste strategy will be implemented.
Towards Resource Management - The Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy 2006-2020 is available by clicking here
"The new Waste Management Strategy places more emphasis on waste prevention. It reinforces the need to increase waste recycling and recovery through a mixture of approaches including the renewal of recycling targets, focused awareness campaigns and the possible introduction of incentive schemes."