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Lib Dems claim massive growth in waste exports to China - COMMENT UPDATE

New figures compiled by the Liberal Democrats show that there has been a massive increase in the amount of recycled material being sent to China from the UK since 1997 and they arent happy about it.

The party have said that 1.9 million tonnes of plastics, paper, card and metals were exported over the last year. And they claim that many of these materials are ending up in illegal waste dumps.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary Chris Huhne said: It is no good recycling more here in Britain if this simply ends up in a landfill site somewhere else.
In the six years since Labour introduced their waste strategy, the total volume of waste generated each year has risen significantly.

The Government should set a target of zero waste for all municipal rubbish in the UK by 2020. This would mean more doorstep collection of dry recyclables and reforming the landfill tax into a broader waste tax to remove the incentives for incineration and other less sustainable waste disposal options.

Peoples goodwill will be undermined if newspapers, cans and plastic bottles they put out for recycling end up in China in waste dumps rather than being properly reused.
22/3/07: Will someone please take Mr Hulme on one side and explain to himthat exporters to China are subject to vigerous inspections by authorised Chinese inspectors before shipments can be made? His recent comments prove that he is ignorant of how this industry works.
Posted by John Cutts, Cutts Recycling


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