NAWDO reply after Letsrecycle.com asked for a comment on this Telegraph article on recycling contamination: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/21/councils-managing-380000-households-sent-recycling-landfill/
NAWDO press comment – Letsrecycle.com
Tuesday 25th August 2020
380,000 households equate to 1% of the UK’s 26,7m households. In the UK there were isolated difficulties managing waste during Covid-19 due to staff absence and increased waste generation but on the whole the local authority waste and recycling operations were exemplary at a very difficult time.
Many of NAWDO’s members have seen an increase in recycling rates recently. For example, the 650,000 households in the West London Waste Authority area alone recycled c.15% more during the pandemic. When non-recyclable items are contaminating recycling, it cannot be used as new resources. It is important that only those materials that can be recycled are presented for local authority recycling collections.