12 Nov 2007 05:11:29
Carbon impact of household recycling collections 'must be examined'
An in-depth analysis of the carbon emissions produced by different types of household recycling collections need to be carried out, according to a UK local politician.
Councillor Brian Haley, a member of the London Borough of Haringey council, called for a study of the carbon emissions produced by both source-separated and commingled collections, Letsrecycle.com reported.
He also highlighted the need to look at potential alternative options at various points of the recycling process, such as whether a single truck is used, and the impact this might have on carbon emissions.
And the Councillor stated that the commingled versus source separated collection debate "needed a proper life cycle analysis" to determine which produced the least carbon.
"Should we send paper to an Energy From Waste plant or ship it to China? We need to take on board the CO2" he added.
Earlier this year the Yorkshire Post reported that councils and firms in Yorkshire were exporting their waste as far away as China and India to be recycled, due to a shortage of recycling facilities in the region.