Environment Agency (EA) implications that councils had not held their nerve on recycling during the downturn have been described as unhelpful and untrue.
Local Government Association (LGA) Environment Board chairman Paul Bettison was responding to comments made by EA chairman Lord Chris Smith (MRW, December 4). Smith said councils should hold their nerve and continue to invest in recycling services, despite recent downturns in the market for recycled materials.
However, Bettison said: Councils are already holding their nerve and providing a range of recycling services despite the economic slowdown. To imply that local authorities are cutting back on these services at the first sign of difficulty is both unhelpful and untrue.
Councils know only too well that the alternative to recycling is to throw waste into landfill, which is damaging to the environment and expensive for the taxpayer. Local people should continue to recycle as much as possible.