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THE Avondale recycling plant at Polmont is closing with the loss of 70 jobs (your report, 24 May).

The plant cost £20 million and was expected to recycle 200,000 tonnes a year. How much money did the taxpayer put in?

Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh councils have fined households £253,000 in three years for breaking their draconian rules on rubbish.

This mad, Green-inspired dash for recycling to save the planet is itself rubbish. Millions of tonnes of household rubbish painstakingly ­sorted by families in the UK for recycling is being dumped abroad to countries including China, India, and Indonesia, where most of it ends up in landfill.

We are perpetually being lectured on our carbon footprint, so what is the carbon footprint incurred by shipping rubbish?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently admitted that recycling claims are exaggerated.

Defra acknowledged the main reason for compulsory recycling schemes is not the lack of landfill space or the need to combat climate change, but the demands of the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive.

So there you have it: recycling does not save the planet, but councils are forced to adhere to EU diktats.

Can we now return to sanity and weekly bin collections?

Clark Cross

Springfield Road

Linlithgow, West Lothian