The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has responded to a Daily Mail article that labelled recycling a con, saying “the recycling of valuable materials should not be discouraged”.
The CPI released a statement addressing several issues arising from the article on 9 February headlined: ‘Recycling Con: Millions of tons end up in landfill as officials admit success is exaggerated’.
The CPI agreed that action had to be taken on recycling quality but said the article gave an erroneous impression that recycling was not worthwhile.
The trade body said: “Whilst there are specific issues affecting how paper and other materials are managed following collection from households, any implication that householders are deliberately ‘having the wool pulled over their eyes’ is simply counter-productive.
“Recycling processing systems must be improved, but that is not a good reason enough for householders not to bother recycling in the first place.”
However the CPI did agree with aspects of the article including observations recycling has levelled off and the amount of household waste going to EfW is going up - but they said paper should be used for incineration only at the end of its life cycle.
The CPI also said the best way to achieve quality recyclate was by segregation; that AWC can improve recycling rates, especially when coupled with a weekly food waste collection service; and that communications campaigns on recycling can represent a cost saving for councils.