Demands that UK exporters be forced to reveal the destination of their recycled materials have come from the Local Government Association (LGA).
The organisation called for a crackdown on irresponsible firms which hide behind commercial confidentiality and refuse to give details.
LGA environment board chairman Paul Bettison said: If a contractor refuses to reveal where materials are being sold it can lead to suspicion and undermine the whole process. It is important that local authorities and local people are confident that their waste is being sold or exported responsibly.
Bettison has written to the Environment Agency, which polices UK traders, to urge it to pressure firms to be more transparent. He also outlined the importance of such information in a letter to local councils.
Council leaders need to build trust in the system and ensure they have as much information as possible about where materials are sent to, he said.
Although the majority will already have these steps in place, it is important all residents have this assurance.
Myths about recycling can act as a barrier to people doing their bit, and so it is vital we continue to win the publics hearts and minds.
Image: LGA environment board chairman Paul Bettison