Keep on recycling says council

PUBLISHED: 10:23 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

THERE are no immediate difficulties with recycling and residents can keep using the system with confidence. That s the message from North Hertfordshire District Council in the face of national reports that councils are faced with stockpiling of recycling

THERE are no immediate difficulties with recycling and residents can keep using the system with confidence.

That's the message from North Hertfordshire District Council in the face of national reports that councils are faced with stockpiling of recycling materials.

"We are keeping an eye on the situation day by day and for most materials the situation is still good," said Cllr Lynda Needham, portfolio holder for waste and environment in North Herts.

"We have the benefit of long term contracts for disposal of materials which give us protection against any economic downturn. The markets for the big tonnages which we generate in paper and glass are holding up well. In the case of paper, we have a joint agreement with the other Hertfordshire authorities and we recycle it in Europe.

"The one area of concern is cans, because there is little demand for scrap metal at the moment. We are still able to find buyers, but are having to accept very low prices. This is still cheaper and more environmentally friendly than paying to dispose of them in landfill.

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