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Recycling


Ben Woolvin
South West Politics Show

Sorting plastics
How many tonnes of recyclable rubbish are being sent to landfill in the South West?

Recycling rubbish is increasingly becoming an important national issue - at least in the home. It seems that in the South West, at least, the same importance is not connected to business rubbish - we investigate...

We are all accustomed to central and local government urging us to recycle as much of our rubbish as humanly possible. And we all know landfill space is quickly running out.

But, you might well not be aware, that the strict government targets for recycling do not apply to waste generated by businesses.

And this is despite the fact that business produces more of the nation's waste than private households.

All local authorities have a legal duty to arrange for the collection of trade waste - but no corresponding duty to recycle those things which need not be thrown away.

Jeremy Hibbard
The sensible and logical thing for me to do would be to take my business waste home
Jeremy Hibbard

For some councils in the South West, this has led to a situation where they will happily landfill any business waste they are given but refuse to have anything to do with recycling.

Jeremy Hibbard who runs a TV production company in Modbury says this is morally and environmentally irresponsible.

He says: "The sensible and logical thing for me to do would be to take my business waste home where I know it will be recycled.

"South Hams won't let me do that - they say it's all got to go in one of these bags, everything together, and it all goes into landfill and none of it gets recycled."

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