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Date published: 2006/10/01

The Cambridge Evening News says:

Top councillors have reacted with fury once more over the news that Cambridgeshire will have to clear up London's rubbish.

Cambridgeshire currently boasts one of the best recycling rates in the country, at more than 50 per cent. Meanwhile London is lagging behind, recycling less than a quarter of its rubbish.

As revealed exclusively by the News, the Government wants Cambridgeshire to bury millions of tonnes of waste from the capital because it doesn't need as much landfill. Coun Keith Walters, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said it was a disincentive for other authorities to follow Cambridgeshire's example.

He said: "I don't want to let the London waste problem go away without scoring a political point. I do take grave exception that when we're at the top of the league for recycling, as Cambridgeshire is, someone in another place says, 'oh well, you must have some spare landfill capacity'.

"The last time I looked London's recycling rate was 20 per cent. If the rest of the country find out about it I can't see them rushing to improve their recycling rates in case they get London rubbish."

It is always claimed by the urban planning elite that big cities like London are somehow more "sustainable" than suburbs and rural areas like Cambridgeshire. Like most things the ruling elite claim, it is nonsense.

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