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Plastic recycling rebuttal

Published on Wednesday, 11th September 2019

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Today an article has been published in the local press with a headline giving an entirely negative message about Hambleton District Council’s efforts to improve its recycling rate.

From Dr Justin Ives, Chief Executive, Hambleton District Council:

"Today an article has been published in the local press with a  headline giving an entirely negative message about Hambleton District Council’s efforts to improve its recycling rate and to act responsibly regarding environmental issues. This authority takes it duties extremely seriously and a headline such as the one chosen by the Northern Echo, Darlington and Stockton Times and Hambleton Today causes great harm to a reputation for excellence that we have worked very hard to achieve for many years.

These news outlets have absolutely no evidence to suggest that our material contributes to pollution in Turkey, or anywhere else, which the article strongly implies. The misleading headline is accompanied by a photograph that has nothing to do with this authority and is entirely unrepresentative of the subject being discussed. We have a duty of care to ensure that the end reprocessors of our recycled material act responsibly. As such we work with our contractors and partners to understand the end destinations for all our materials and to ensure that as much material as possible is recycled in the UK and European markets.

We all have a responsibility to the environment and the article published in the Northern Echo, Darlington and Stockton Times and Hambleton Today actively seeks to damage the reputation of an authority that is doing extremely well in terms of environmental outcomes.

We are appalled at such irresponsible journalism that may well see our recycling rates tumble and for which these news outlets would be entirely responsible.

We have contacted the editors asking them to remove the article immediately and to publish an apology."

Further information

We publish where all our recycling goes here.