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More than 50 councils signed up to charter for recycling transparency

The Surrey Waste Partnership has signed up to a scheme to improve public information on what happens to recycled materials, bringing the number of local authorities participating to more than 50.

The End Destination of Recycling Charter now has 84 signatories made up of councils and private companies.

The charter was launched by the Resource Association (RA) together with the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) in June 2012.

It is a voluntary commitment to publish an annual ‘Register of End Destination of Recyclates’, in an attempt to improve transparency in the recycling supply chain and enhance public confidence. It involves reporting what happens to recyclable material after collection.

RA chief executive Ray Georgeson said that the deadline for completing the first phase of the Charter and publish new information would be extended to the end of December 2013 to allow time to prepare the data.

He added that the RA would be producing a template for presenting the data gathered and guidance on good practice. This will available to signatories by 1 November.

Chairman of the Surrey Waste Partnership Vivienne Chapman said: “We agree with the RA that more can be done to explain clearly to the public where their recycling goes and what actually happens to it.

“We see this as an important extra step we can take to enthuse and motivate our residents to recycle and offer greater transparency to an information hungry public.”

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