To combat this the ICE believes that focusing on the quality should be as important as the quantity:
The document by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) says councils are focusing too much on the quantity of recycling rather than quality.
This is tending to produce a poor-quality stream of recyclable material.
Because of this, the lower-grade material sometimes has to be sent to landfill anyway.
The report says the waste industry must change its culture so the focus is not only on increasing the quantity of recycled materials but on retaining the quality and value of reusable materials.Quite how the ICE thinks the culture will change whilst we under EU obligations (Landfill Directive 99/31/EC) to send less to landfill - or else, it doesn't say.
I'm sure Councils would like to improve recycling quality, but that's not where their priorities lie. Their priorities lie in trying to avoid massive EU fines - £150 fine per landfill tonne (a possible £3 Billion bill to the taxpayer). This kinda concentrates Council's minds over and above all other considerations. It simply matters not if the consequences are; poorer quality recycling material, fortnightly bin collections, residents anger, public health issues, unpopular incinerators or no collections at all.
And until our relationship with the EU changes, then the ICE can produce as many reports as it likes, it matters not one jot.