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Questions over whether we're recycling properly

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10:08am 16th January 2016

After more than 40 years of recycling in the UK, we'd expect that everyone would have a detailed idea of what is - and isn't - recyclable.

But it turns out that might not be the case, as councils have announced they reject over 20% of recycling bins that are filled with unrecyclable products.

It means that the amount of recyclable products that find their way into landfills has doubled in the last three years.

In 2012 184,000 metric tons of recycling were thrown away - just last year this hit 338,000. That's an increase of 84%.

That means we aren't recycling properly - or to the expected levels.

And it also means that some households who meticulously sort through their recycling do it for nothing - as it becomes contaminated with unrecyclable products.

Councils are now calling for greater powers to take action against households who aren't recycling deliberately.

What do you think? Do you recycle properly?

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