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Green Gas has made the headlines this week - it has reached a milestone whereby it supplies 1 million UK households. According to the G...

The government has overhauled how it quantifies recycling targets to take into account re-use of consumer goods, is reporting.

Under new technical guidance outlined last week, recycling indicators have been expanded to incorporate the re-use of furniture and other goods.

The new measures will mean that councils can include the re-use of items when they are being assessed for local authority performance indicator NI 192, thereby giving a fairer reflection of the green credentials of homes and businesses in the area.

Commenting on the new changes, Caroline Lee-Smith of the Furniture Re-Use Network said that the new approach would ensure local authorities are rewarded across the spectrum of green measures.

"For the first time, from this April, local authorities have the power to count tonnages reused by the voluntary sector," she said. "This has been a major obstacle to joint working over the years, as because they couldn't count it many of our members have been excluded from aligning their services with local authority bulk waste services."

Next month, the Recycling and Waste Forum 2008 will address the new consequences of the local authority performance indicators when it convenes in Birmingham.

Article Date: 13 March 2008

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