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Building public confidence in recycling essential

Building public confidence in recycling is essential to maintain momentum and increase recycling rates further.

This was the message from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) at the Waste Action Forum in Barnsley.

WRAP chief executive Jennie Price said: "The public needs to be confident of our ability to find and exploit markets for recycled materials. They need to be assured that we will recover the most value from waste and it is essential that we continue to research and develop new markets to do this."

Focusing on improving the municipal recycling rate of 23% for 2004/05, concerns were also raised that spending on recycling infrastructure and equipment is not being matched by actual training to do jobs properly.

Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) director general Lawrence Strong said: "Unless companies involved in waste and recycling start to view training as an investment rather than a cost, there is a danger they won't be able to find the right people."

Speakers also addressed the 60 delegates on improving the public face of local authorities, safety records and creating sustainable regional markets for recycled materials.

Organisers Redfearn Glass director Nigel Pritchard said: "Guest speakers for the events are brought together as a result of feedback from delegates from previous forums so we can be sure that presentations will be beneficial to the work of local authorities."

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