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NEW RECYCLING FUNDS ARE 'TOO LITTLE TOO LATE'

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New recycling funds announced by government are `too little, too late' according to the LGA. ...
New recycling funds announced by government are `too little, too late' according to the LGA.

The announcementby environment minister Michael Meacher sets out

arrangements for distributing the government's Recycling Fund to councils in

England and Wales. The money is intended to help councils achieve

challenging targets for increasing recycling and composting of householders'

rubbish.

Council waste bosses are worried that the money won't be enough to make a

significant impact. Only£47m will go this year to a limited number

of councils who successfully came through the bidding process, competing for

a share of a total Recycling Fund of£140m. Of this£140m,£21m has been promised to London.

The£140m Recycling Fund was first promised by the government back in

2000. The delay in allocating the first part of it means that councils are

facing an even bigger uphill struggle in striving to meet the targets set in

the national waste strategy. The LGA had argued that all councils should

get some cash to help them make real progress towards the recycling targets,

and not just the few that successfully came through the bidding 'beauty

contest'.

Kay Twitchen, chair of the LGA's Waste Executive, said:

`Of course we are pleased that arrangements have at last been made for

councils to actually get some of this money. It's better late than never.

But there's been a huge delay, and the fact is that it simply isn't anywhere

near enough to allow councils to tackle recycling really effectively.

To feed the money out in small amounts to councils who are lucky in the

bidding process is not going to help local government as a whole to deliver

the recycling ambitions of the government's waste strategy. If the

Government is serious about a commitment to sustainable waste management,

then better ways than this must be found to finance it.'

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