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Recycled items from the UK may end up in landfill

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) reported this week that over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed.

As a result, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned.

While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says the reality may be quite different.

The report found that:

  • The government has turned a blind eye to underlying problems with the waste system
  • Firms may be over-stating the amount they are recycling
  • The Environment Agency has only carried out 40% of the recycling checks it planned to

Read the full BBC story here.

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