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WRAP and CIWM refute Sunday Telegraph report

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have hit back at recent news reports that say the UK will get monthly bin collections.

According to the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express, household rubbish collections in Britain were to be cut to just one a month. The Sunday Telegraph (June 15) wrongly quoted WRAP director for local government services Philip Ward as saying that monthly collections already happened in Germany and it would eventually happen in some areas of Britain.

But WRAP claims Ward did not make these comments. A spokeswoman said: The story in the Sunday Telegraph is wrong and does not reflect the views of WRAP or of Phillip Ward as an individual. The quotes attributed to [him] were inaccurately based on remarks made by someone else at the same event.

There is no foreseeable prospect of a move to monthly refuse collections in the UK and WRAP does not and has not suggested that this possibility should be considered by anyone. WRAP is not in the business of speculating about what might happen in the future.

The Daily Express (June 16) attributed the same quote to CIWM chief executive Steve Lee. But a CIWM spokeswoman said the Daily Express had misrepresented the views of Lee.

The CIWM is not aware of any local authorities anywhere in the UK who are considering a move to monthly collections of residual [non-recyclable] waste in the UK and the CIWM does not advocate such a move.

In a discussion with the Sunday Telegraph, Lee referred to practices to certain areas in Germany as a factual example of the kind of developments in parts of Europe where very high recycling rates have already been achieved.

Any suggestion that because this happens in Germany it will be replicated in the UK has no basis in fact.


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