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  New laws to get us to recycle
Updated 14 October 2003, 19.20
Rubbish should be sorted
New laws to make sure more people recycle their rubbish got the go-ahead on Tuesday.

The government wants us to recycle more paper, cans, bottles and plastic after it turned out that we're falling behind the rest of Europe in going green.

Under the new rules, councils will have to make sure that 30% of our waste is recycled by the year 2010.

They will also have to set up services to collect stuff that can be recycled directly from people's houses.

Lots of rubbish can be recycled

At the moment, every household throws out a tonne of rubbish every year.

Loads of it could be recycled, but 90% of it ends up at landfill sites.

The new plans were passed by the House of Lords on Tuesday, and now only need the Queen's approval before they become law.

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