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Campaign for Real Recycling launched - COMMENT UPDATE

Leading materials reprocessing industries, the community recycling sector and Friends of the Earth, have joined forces to launch the Campaign for Real Recycling. It is calling on Government and local authorities to urgently review and improve the quality of recycling in the UK.

The campaigns supporters are concerned that the use of systems which collect a range of different materials and compact them together could permanently erode the environmental benefits of recycling and undermine public support.

Campaign for Real Recycling coordinator Andy Moore said: With the forthcoming publication of the Waste Strategy 2007, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) should not be afraid to recommend that source separation is the most efficient approach to kerbside recycling. If we focus on collection systems then we have the basis for real recycling rather than the current avoidance of landfill at any cost approach that currently dominates recycling in the UK.

The campaign has identified three immediate priorities:

1) Defra to publicly support greater separation of materials at kerbside as the best approach to kerbside recycling, building on guidance it gave in implementing the Household Waste Recycling Act
2) Defra to institute carbon footprinting as a central plank of local authority reporting on their recycling and waste diversion efforts
3) Local authorities to examine and debate the financial and environmental sense of their recycling collection methods.

Anybody who is concerned about recycling in the UK is encouraged to join the campaign.
8/3/07: Given the huge amounts of money Defra recently gave to authorities to boost recycling, most of which went on introducing bins for commingled collections to meet recycling targets (with no concern about quality), this initiative brings to mind a phrase involving horses, stable doors and bolting!
Posted by Ian Taylor, City of Lincoln Council

9/3/07: While I concur with the sentiments of this article, I find it difficult to get people 'looking in'on the LA recycling world to understand the dilemma we continue to find ourselves in. Yes we can, and do source seperate using kerbsiders. If we are expected to increase the variety and quantity of material source seperated beyond the capacity of the six compartments available in the average kerbsider, then that means more v

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