Why are local authorities favouring commingled systems? \’Recycling is the front line of capitalism,\’ argues Matthew Thomson of the Community Recycling Network charity. \’We spend 1.5 per cent of our GDP on treating waste and we\’re at the bottom half of the European league. If you\’re looking for a growth opportunity, then you\’re going to come into the international waste market.\’
Where in hell does that number come from? GDP is about £1.2 trillion, so 1.5% is £18 billion. Last time I looked (at the PM\’s report which launched the whole game) the statement was that we spent £1.6 billion (which would rise to £3.2 billion) treating domestic waste. That \’s 0.15% of GDP, not 1.5%.