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Local authority collections threat exaggerated by tabloids

Reports in the tabloid press that suggest local authority recycling is under threat have been exaggerated, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The Sun newspaper said: Paper recycling banks are set to be scrapped across Britain because of a global slump in the price of waste materials. The credit crunch has caused a collapse in demand for the paper - used to make cardboard packaging.

The Daily Mail cited the withdrawal of 31 paper recycling banks in Somerset along with Hertfordshire Councils decision to stop accepting some types of plastics.

Although the market value of paper and plastics has fallen in recent months, this does not automatically mean that collection services for materials will be withdrawn.

An LGA spokesman said that in Somerset the removal of banks was because residents have a kerbside collection, which has led to a reduction in demand for specialist collection points. He also said that some of the banks were in holiday resorts so leaving them over winter when the resorts were empty made no sense.

The newspapers have taken what has happened [with the reduction in materials values] and the credit crunch and linked the two. We are not aware of any other cutbacks in local authority recycling, he added.

 

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