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Solihull recycling rubbish is not dumped in landfill says leader

SOLIHULL Council leader Ken Meeson has given an assurance that rubbish put out for recycling by borough householders is not dumped.

SOLIHULL Council leader Ken Meeson has given an assurance that rubbish put out for recycling by borough householders is not dumped.

He was responding to a national newspaper report that three out of four local authorities in England and Wales are routinely sending materials like glass and paper to landfill sites or incinerators.

Councils are said to be having to resort to this because they are struggling to sell on reusable waste during the economic downturn.

"That doesn't apply to Solihull," Councillor Meeson insisted. "We are committed to recycling all waste that can be recycled.

"Only 16 per cent of waste in Solihull is sent to landfill, compared with over 50 per cent in other areas.

"Landfill is not a cheap option for disposing of waste. It is expensive because of the landfill tax."

The tax at present stands at £32 per ton and will rise to £40 in the New Year.

Over the Christmas period, families generate more recyclable waste from wrapping paper, bottles and cardboard packaging than at any other time of the year.

Environmental campaigners have complained that if householders know waste material is going straight to landfill, there is no incentive for them to recycle it.

 

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