Sunday, March 02, 2008

Your Recycling Is Being Secretly Dumped

Your Recycling Is Being Secretly Dumped
By Jason Groves

Hundreds of thousands of tons of material dutifully put out for recycling is being secretly dumped in landfill sites by councils in Britain. Shocking new figures reveal that while some householders face stiff fines for breaching recycling laws, many councils are simply dumping huge quantities of the paper, glass and plastic they collect.In some areas one item in every eight put out for recycling ends up being sent for landfill or incinerated.

Local authorities last night blamed residents for putting the wrong rubbish in the wrong bin or failing to clean the material they try to recycle. If recycling is “contaminated”, the bags are simply dumped anyway. Critics said the revelations made a mockery of Gordon Brown’s attempts to be seen as a green crusader with the recycling drive and his plans to phase out free plastic bags.

Shadow Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: “I think families across the country will be shocked to learn that the cans and bottles they dutifully put out for recycling are being secretly dumped. “Most people want to do their bit but this sort of thing undermines confidence. It also raises real questions about the Government’s Big Brother approach over fines and bin taxes.” The figures showed that 240,000 tons of material put out for recycling last year ended up being dumped or burned.

This is likely to be the tip of the iceberg as almost half of all councils did not release figures, including major authorities such as Birmingham, Bradford, Hull and Warwickshire. In Worcestershire, 14,509 tons were dumped – equivalent to more than one eighth of the 110,459 tons put out for recycling.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew something was years ago when they started this nonsense in my hometown here in NJ. Separtes the bottles and cans, papers etc. into different, color-coded recepticles, put them out dutifully on the particular morning on my way to work and then one day, I happened to be off and along comes the towns recyling truck and the whole mess, bottle, cans, all of went into one big container. What ajoke. J'Mac.

12:37 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

J'Mac...I always wondered where it all goes. Every now and then, we'll get a story about a truck dumping waste into a river. That is really sad...and sick!

11:44 PM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Recycling should be suggested, voluntary. Not mandated and a crime if you don't do it. More Communist crap! No wonder the collectors of this garbage end up dumping it, IT'S GARBAGE! Nobody wants it for recycling! Stupid, stupid, stupid!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Recycling--another scam.

5:54 AM  

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