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Medway rejects Telegraph's recyclate dumping claims

Medway Council has rejected a Telegraph articlethat said it dumped recyclates in landfill and called the report inaccurate.

The councils statement refers to an article in Saturdays Telegraph which said Medway sent more than 10 per cent of its recyclable waste or compost to landfill.

Council Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Phil Filmer said: We do not send recyclable material to landfill sites. The only material that is sent to landfill is waste that cannot be recycled.

An article in Saturdays Daily Telegraph stated that Medway sent more than 10 per cent of its recyclable waste or compost to landfill. This is not the case.

Only 5 per cent of material initially collected for recycling or for composting is sent to landfill. This is because it is contaminated in some way and cannot therefore be recycled.

In the past four years, Medway has doubled the amount of waste it recycles and now recycles or composts more than 30 per cent of all the waste it collects.

Commenting on implications that the economic downturn could lead to more recyclates going to landfill, Filmer added: The councils recycling is not affected by the economic downturn and we have not changed our recycling policy, except to increase the range of material we can recycle, since it was introduced in 2002.

Other recycling bodies have also been critical of the report (See MRW story), with Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee chairman Lee Marshall describing it as unhelpful and not a true picture of recycling.

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