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Complainant Name:
Peter Jones

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Peter Jones complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's coverage of the EU Waste Framework Directive misrepresented the impact of the directive on householders in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification alongside one of the online articles:

Clarification: This article quotes Defra saying that it is up to councils to decide how best to implement the EU Waste Framework Directive but when first posted the piece also suggested that all householders will be expected to separate recyclable material into more boxes. In fact, the directive allows for the continued collection of "co-mingled" recyclable waste as long as councils introduce measures that ensure that thereafter the waste is not mixed with other waste or other materials with different properties. It remains to be seen which councils will meet their obligations under the directive by the issue of additional recycling boxes. We are happy to make this clear.

At the complainant's request the newspaper also made a series of amendments to the article, and to a further article in order to clarify the limitations of the requirements that legislation places on councils and householders regarding the collection process for recyclables.

Date Published: 13/01/2014

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