Recycling waste piles up as prices collapse - Times Online
Thousands of tonnes of rubbish collected from household recycling bins may have to be stored in warehouses and former military bases to save them from being dumped after a collapse in prices.
Collection companies and councils are running out of space to store paper, plastic bottles and steel cans because prices are so low that the materials cannot be shifted. Collections of mixed plastics, mixed paper and steel reached record levels in the summer but the “bottom fell out of the market” and they are now worthless. The plunge in prices was caused by a sudden fall in demand for recycled materials, especially from China, as manufacturers reduced their output in line with the global economc downturn.
Local authorities and collection companies are so concerned about the mountains of paper, plastic bottles and cans that they are having to store that they have called for storage regulations to be eased....and to allow it to be kept in secure warehouses or abandoned military bases and former airfields.
Um - it's worthless, why does it need to be stored in high security locations? I've got an idea, after we have dug out gravel etc. we are left with some large holes in the ground, why not put it in them and if the prices recover then dig it up again. Or am I missing something?