Supporters of kerbside sorted collections, the Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR), has claimed its case for the system has been strengthened by local authority data showing more than 9% of household recyclates are rejected by processors.
The data was revealed by Environment Minister Joan Ruddock in response to questions in Parliament from MP Jessica Morden (mrw, 30 April 2008).
CRR coordinator Andy Moore said: Its important to note that knowing the rejection rate of the materials recycling facility (MRF) tells us nothing about the quality of material sent for reprocessing. It seems to us that the commingling and MRF processes decrease quality and can easily create rejects from materials which left the householder in good order. All this strengthens the case for kerbside-sorted collections where careful handling maintains quality and reject rates are typically a fraction of 1%.
Householders should be disappointed and frustrated to hear this figure. They have made the effort to save and sort their recyclables and theyve paid for the collection via their council tax. That more than 9% of the materials and the money are being wasted simply cannot be good for recycling, depending as it does on householder goodwill. This is also a serious value for money question for local authorities.