Recycling waste sent to India

Philip Chapman made this Freedom of Information request to Tendring District Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Dear Sir or Madam,
In a recent television programme it was suggested that Tendring District Council allow the recyclable household waste be transported to India for landfill. Does Tendring know exactly where the household collections go for recycling.

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Chapman

Chris Kitcher, Tendring District Council

Dear Mr Chapman,

I suspect that you are referring to the recent documentary that was
screened on ITV. I would like to point out that this referred to an issue
that occurred some 4 years ago and since that time we, at Tendring, have
been very proactive in ensuring that our recyclate is tracked as far as is
possible. I would add that our investigations at that time revealed that
this was an isolated incident and that we had ceased trading with that
company some month's previously.

We have all our recyclate collected by Veolia, a leading international
company in the field of waste management, who deliver this to an
Environment Agency licensed Materials Recycling Facility. From there it
has until recently been forwarded to a recycling company in Norfolk who
are again licensed by the Environment Agency.

However as a result of the world wide financial situation all of our
recyclate is now delivered to another company that is owned by Veolia who
do in fact provide a more extensive service.

Consequently in answer to you final question I have to answer YES.

Regards

Chris Kitcher

Chris Kitcher

Acting Head of Environmental Services

Tendring District Council

Tel 01255 686741

[mobile number]

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Gill Hall, Tendring District Council

Dear Mr Chapman

Thank you for you email dated 24 November 2008 which is receiving our
attention.

The Council will deal with your request for information in accordance with
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under normal circumstances you will receive a reply within 20 working days
following receipt of your request for information. We will of course
notify you of any delay should it be necessary.

I hope that this clarifies the position for you, but should you require
any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Gill Hall

WPO/Admin Assistant

Environmental Services

Tendring District Council

Email: [email address]

Tel: 01255 686778

Fax: 01255 686404

Minicom: 01255 475566

Web: [1]www.tendringdc.gov.uk

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Gill Hall, Tendring District Council

Dear Mr Chapman

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - RECYCLING WASTE SENT TO INDIA

Further to your request for information received on 24 November 2008 I am
writing to confirm that the Council does hold the information of the
description specified in your e-mail and I can reply to your request as
follows:

Household recycling material collected by Veolia on behalf of Tendring
District Council is initially taken to a licensed waste management
facility at Brightlingsea. From there the material is bulked up and taken
to licensed waste sorting and processing facilities in other parts of the
UK. The material, once sorted, is then transported to recycling and
processing facilities for reuse, recycling or treatment.

The outlets for materials is dependant on market forces but could be world
wide. Waste materials are not permitted to leave the UK for landfilling.
The Environment Agency monitors compliance with waste management licences
and permits and is responsible for the control of export of waste.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However if you feel that
the Council have failed to deal with your request for information
correctly you can request that the matter is reviewed in accordance with
the Authority's Complaints Procedure. Details of this procedure can be
obtained from all Council offices or from our website
(www.tendringdc.gov.uk).

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

FOI Compliance Team (complaints)

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

If you have any other queries about this matter then please contact me.

Gill Hall

WPO/Admin Assistant

Environmental Services

Tendring District Council

Email: [email address]

Tel: 01255 686778

Fax: 01255 686404

Minicom: 01255 475566

Web: [1]www.tendringdc.gov.uk

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