Recycling rates could be boosted by fraud, says auditors

By Heather Jameson | 23 July 2018

The UK’s success at recycling may be being boosted by fraudulent exports of unrecyclable materials, auditors have claimed.

According to the National Audit Office (NAO), the current system is opaque, poorly monitored and could be subject to fraud and non-compliance. It found businesses paid only £73m towards the cost of recycling their packaging in 2017, compared with the £700m spent by local authorities.

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