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Somerset Waste Partnership inspires proposals for Waste Recycling (End-Use Register) Bill

The Somerset Waste Partnership has inspired an Early Day Motion to support a Waste
Recycling (End-Use Register) Bill.

An Early Day Motion is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons. If the Bill gets through Parliament and is turned into law it could require all local authorities to publish what happens to all the recyclable materials they collect.

The SWP published its End-Use Register earlier this year and is one of the first local authority organisations in the country to publish one. It shows that 90 per cent of materials collected in Somerset for recycling are being recycled in the UK, with eight per cent going abroad.

Labour MP for Stroud David Drew called the motion (18 November) and said: That this House is concerned at what happens to some materials that are recycled by local authorities; welcomes the initiative of SWP in publishing a register of the end use of all recycled materials; believes that such a move will increase public confidence in recycling and therefore help to increase the amount of materials recycled and so supports the provisions of the Waste Recycling (End-Use Register) Bill, introduced in the 2008-09 Session by the hon. Member for Stroud, and hopes the measures contained in that Bill will become law in the 2009-10 Session.

Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Steve Read said: We welcome any initiative that encourages local authorities to be transparent on where they send their materials to. It increases public confidence in the system and it is in everybodys interest.

He said people can do it voluntarily without having the law there and the SWP have had positive comments from the recycling industry about the register it has.

On 26 November a Members ballot will take place to take the motion forward for a private members bill.

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