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Bradshaw caught contaminating recycling by Sunday paper

Local Environment minister Ben Bradshaw was caught putting non-recyclables in his recycling bin according to an investigation by the Mail on Sunday.

The newspaper said that Bradshaw had put non-recyclables in his orange recycling sack even though the bag was printed with clear instructions about what it could contain.

According to the Mail, his general rubbish sacks contained 17 items that should have been recycled, including envelopes, cardboard toilet and kitchen roll tubes, a small plastic bottle and a piece of hotel notepaper.

The recycling sacks are printed with a message confirming the materials accepted and those that arent: waxed, foil-coated or laminated card.

But Bradshaws orange sacks were said to contain items including waxed paper from a breath mint, foil-covered wrapping from a chewing gum pack, foil from a chocolate bar, the inner bag from a cereal packet and Cellophane wrappers.

His local authority, Hammersmith & Fulham council, said it would not punish the Minister as it issued a £75 fixed penalty to enforce recycling only if collections were both contaminated and put out on the wrong day.

Bradshaw responded to the claims by welcoming the newspapers effort at highlighting the importance of recycling, but said he had received no complaint from his council about the content of his waste bags. And if he had inadvertently put material in the wrong bag he said he would happily reimburse the cost for re-sorting.


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