Don't bury 'valuable resources'

22 July 2009 — 5:16 PM

Mobiles can be recycled for cash

Households in the UK should refrain from sending most their waste to landfill and consider alternative ways to deal with their rubbish - such as recycle mobile phones, appliances and clothes.

This is the viewpoint of the shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert, who said that people need incentives to recycle more of their waste - an area in which the country is far behind its EU neighbours.

He explained: "This addiction to landfill has not only been immensely damaging for the environment; it has also meant that we have wasted valuable resources by burying them under a mountain of rotting rubbish."

Hovever, Herbert criticised the current labour government's proposals to tackle the problem by introducing bin taxes and monitoring what people throw away.

These opinions come after Hilary Benn, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said last month that by using natural resources at an "unsustainable" rate, Britain is exacerbating climate change and wasting money.

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