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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Jones

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Peter Jones complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which discussed the export of recycling from the UK for processing abroad had contained a number of inaccuracies concerning the quantity of household recycling exported, the amount of this which ends up in landfill, and the amount of recyclable material which rejected by processors in the UK, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, and the removal of the online article:

An article (6 April 2013) said that millions of tonnes of household recycling is ‘dumped abroad'. In fact, this figure relates to household and commercial waste purchased by processors abroad, of which the proportion deemed unusable and ending up in landfill is unknown. We are happy to clarify that the claim that ‘most' recyclable material is rejected was based on a survey of the attitudes of UK processors towards the minority of recyclable material which is collected ‘commingled', rather than separately.

Date Published: 18/03/2014

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