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17 Nov 2008 05:11:46

LGA asks to store recycling on MoD bases

LGA asks to store recycling on MoD bases
Local authorities have asked the government for permission to use military installations to store mounting stacks of recyclable material which there is no market for.

The financial downturn has seen the price of recyclable materials plunge and councils are hoping to stockpile the valueless material until the market recovers.

Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association's environment board told the Guardian: "In the past, the Ministry of Defence has stored mail during postal strikes. If we can start building a mountain of scrap iron, then we can sell it when the recyclable market returns, but we need somewhere to stockpile material."

The news comes even as the latest figures show national recycling and composting has risen to 34.5 per cent in 2007/08 from 30.9 in 2006/07.

Mr Bettison warned that good steps were being taken but more needed to be done as councils and council tax payers "are still facing fines up to £3 billion if we do not dramatically reduce the amount of waste thrown into landfill".



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