The problem with this tick list is that it’s difficult to say whether something’s actually going to happen, just because a target’s been set. For this reason, you can almost immediately discount the third point, since it looks almost certain we’ll fail to meet our target of 50 per cent of all waste being recycled by 2020.
At last count, we were hovering around 44.3 per cent, having barely moved more than a few percentage point since 2010, and actually having reduced total recycling since the year before.
By association, that also makes the two new targets seem, at best, a little superficial. If we can’t meet our current targets, what are the chances of us meeting new ones? Even if you discounted the fact that the EU’s recently published equivalent targets are much more ambitious, it’s difficult to make an assumption about outcomes from these intentions.