Scepticism greets Gateway bid to capture recycling agenda

The supermarket chain Gateway has chipped into the recycling debate by proposing a service based on mini-recycling centres and a novel digestion process which it claims could recycle 80% of household waste. Gateway says the scheme should be funded by a levy on packaging and newsprint, but its proposals are being treated with some scepticism.

The proposals are set out in a report commissioned from the Landbank consultancy.1 They appear to be a calculated attempt to steer the recycling debate away from anything resembling the German system under which retailers may have to take back packaging waste.

The report outlines a Waste As a Raw Material (WARM) system which is based on a network of one mini-recycling centre per 400 households, coupled with mechanical sorting a

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