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Vast majority of councils not stockpiling materials, says LGA

Reports of mountains of unsellable recyclates building up across the UK have been rubbished by the Local Government Association.

This week,  the Telegraph and the Daily Mail both reported that mountains of recycled rubbish had sprung up across the UK. But an LGA spokesman said: The vast majority of councils are saying that they are seeing no impact on services of recycling.

Im not saying that the picture is perfect, it isnt, but it is not the case that there are mountains of material piling up.

He added: But where there has been an effect its been on paper and cardboard. However the LGA said it has seen no evidence of large scale stockpiling. Around 5% of councils have to store some material longer than normal, the spokesman added.

He said he didnt have more specific figures for the amounts being stored or how long it was being stored for.

Market recovery

But he also repeated a message the LGA and the Waste & Resources Action Programme put out before Christmas (see MRW story) that the market was recovering.

He said that the LGA will soon launch a monthly survey to offer councils information on particular materials being collected to help them manage market fluctuations.

It may be the case that councils have sold material to contractors and they may have to store it but I have no figures for that. We are looking at such a big market and large range of materials that its difficult to get individual examples. But overall he picture is that it is business as usual, he said.

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