LARAC argued that most councils now use a Job Evaluation or Single Status programme to establish salary levels and ensure that jobs with equal skills and responsibilities are paid to the same level - in contrast to the newspapers claim that councils are creating a new army of highly paid public-sector environmental titles.
The committee is concerned that the national medias portrayal of recycling will undermine public upport, when it could be used to help solve the household waste problem.
LARAC chair Lee Marshall said: Recycling officers work hard for their money and no-one should begrudge them it. It is far from a cushy number and you are placed in the frontline dealing with the public, crews, large budgets and a variety of resources. People become recycling officers because they are passionate about the environment and want to make a positive difference.
He added: The fines that the UK faces if we fail to meet our recycling targets will be huge recycling officers are a key part to ensuring that we can avoid this additional cost by encouraging people to recycle more.
On the topic of chipped bins, which have recently come under the media spotlight, LARAC has suggested members adopt a more open approach to dispel the suggestion that councils are spying on residents, and instead explaining the benefits in terms of using the information to better plan resources.