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Cash boost for recycling

PUBLISHED: 14:03 05 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 October 2010

Council chiefs were today set to pump £250,000 into securing the future of successful recycling schemes. The excellent recent records of districts such as Broadland, which recycles 42pc of its household waste, looked under threat because of a new, government-led change to the way recycling credits are paid out.

Council chiefs were today set to pump £250,000 into securing the future of successful recycling schemes.

The excellent recent records of districts such as Broadland, which recycles 42pc of its household waste, looked under threat because of a new, government-led change to the way recycling credits are paid out.

But Norfolk County Council's cabinet was today expected to agree to bail out the district councils for this financial year so they could keep on improving.

Their decision comes as increasing emphasis is given to boosting recycling levels year after year.

Environmental campaigners insist greatly increased recycling rates are key to a sustainable future and a main reason why waste incineration is such a bad idea.

Last month the Evening News joined campaigners in their fight to overthrow plans for such an incinerator on the outskirts of Norwich.

Currently, the council pays district councils recycling credits based upon the amount of rubbish they divert away from landfill to recycling.

These credits are calculated based upon a set rate for each ton of material that is recycled, which vary from district to district.

Previously these rates were set at the beginning of the financial year and were based on estimated tonnage and costs.

But now this system of calculation has changed leading to recycling credits falling across every district, and significantly in Broadland, South Norfolk and Breckland.

Fortunately for these authorities, officers at Norfolk County Council recommended the council's cabinet choose not to implement the new system this year to avert any potential impact on recycling rates.

However, being kind to the district councils will be costly to County Hall, which will have to spend £250,685 meeting the shortfall.

Ian Monson, Cabinet member for planning and transportation at Norfolk County Council, said he felt it was too late now to spring the changes on the district councils.

What do you think of recycling in and around Norwich? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk or visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/forums


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