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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Jones

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Peter Jones complained to the Press Complaints Commission that two articles, which discussed the impact of the EU Waste Framework Directive on recycling in the UK, had inaccurately reported the impact of the Directive, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. In particular, the complainant was concerned that the articles had inaccurately suggested that homeowners would be obliged to separate waste into five separate bins, and that weekly bin collections would have to be "axed".

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, the removal of one of the articles, and amendments (with a correction) to the second article, which had been published online only:

An article on 17 August 2013 reported that, under the EU Waste Framework Directive, local authorities would be required to issue all householders with four separate recycling bins, and that weekly bin collections would be "axed". In fact, whilst the Directive does enforce the separate collection of recyclates, local authorities can comply without requiring householders to use separate bins for four types of recycling, and are not barred from collecting waste weekly.

Date Published: 18/03/2014



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