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It's time for recycling to be made transparent.

I READ with alarm the instructions in Monday's Examiner about what we can and can't put in the green bin.

We can seemingly recycle digitally printed photographs but not old photographs (hands up who knows what "digitally printed" means, or how and when photos become "old"?).

We can recycle plastic bottles but seemingly not "hard" plastics (how do you define hard plastics, without a degree in organic chemistry?).

We seemingly can't recycle "trays" or "foil" - so what do we do with the mountains of supermarket food trays (plastic or foil) we all get every week? The supermarkets say they can be recycled and not doing so would seem to defeat the objective of recycling.

We know that it is technically difficult to recycle black plastic trays but isn't it about time that the recycling industry sorted the technical problem out? The basic point is that the Council is being stupidly and unrealistically "picky" about what it will accept for recycling.

At the same time its instructions to the public have clearly been written by technical experts who fail to recognise that we can't all read their minds or have university degrees in material science.

The Council certainly doesn't understand the art of clear communication.

In my view, recycling will only ever be successful if it is made simple and easy for ordinary members of the public to understand. Yet the Council seems intent on making the present system extraordinarily complex and difficult.

Even worse they are robustly saying the public are at fault if they get it wrong. That is unacceptable.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 31, 2019
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