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Date published: 2005/12/05

The BBC says:

Councils are investigating what happens to their recycled rubbish after the BBC revealed 500 tonnes had been shipped unsorted to Indonesia.

Customs at Jakarta impounded containers holding mixed up paper, cardboard, plastics and cans from UK households.

They tipped off Real Story who went and found the rubbish was clearly British and falsely described as waste paper.

Documents linked it to a company contracted to process recycling by councils in the South of England.

Councils are investigating what happens to their recycled rubbish after the BBC revealed 500 tonnes had been shipped unsorted to Indonesia.

Customs at Jakarta impounded containers holding mixed up paper, cardboard, plastics and cans from UK households.

They tipped off Real Story who went and found the rubbish was clearly British and falsely described as waste paper.

Documents linked it to a company contracted to process recycling by councils in the South of England.

Surprise, surprise. The UK (and European) elite (including the BBC) have declared that "recycling" is wonderfully "environmentally friendly" but of course it is no such thing. And this particular fraud is only one reason. "Recycling", which means handing over material to the State which will not be put in landfill, requires a vast amount of energy just to pick the material up and process it (properly or not). For example, in Cambridge, the geniuses who run the city -- the LibDems, so very middle class -- have decided to send out a fleet of trucks just to pick up plastic bottles. Just imagine all the energy that takes (directly and indirectly via labour costs). Even worse, allegedly these bottles are then shipped to China for "recycling". And what are the odds they are processed properly in China? The UK (and European) elite seem to like "recycling" because it means they can produce as much waste as they want, as long as they hand over enough of it to the State as "recycling" material, so that they are deemed to be "good" citizens.

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