Free Newspapers Refuse to Foot Recycling Bill

Currently in London there is a battle for commuters attention. Once upon a time there was one free newspaper, Metro. Then came London Lite and the London Paper, which weren't granted permission to distribute in train stations, forcing them onto the street. People dressed in bright purple hats and coats, thrust newspapers at anyone who dares walk within a ten feet radius. If you're already carrying a paper, they thrust one at you, if you say 'no, thanks', they thrust one at you.

It's a nuisance, but the main problem is that London is almost completely coated in a blanket of low-brow celebrity gossip and offbeat news by 6PM. The council have estimated that recycling costs in the last two years have reached £500,000, and have decided that the papers should be the ones to pay. They account for 3-4 tonnes of waste daily in the city, but Westminster Council have said that, "neither has made a satisfactory offer which would significantly help meet the £500,000 set-up and running costs of a scheme to ensure the papers end up getting recycled." The problem is that both are being run at a loss in order to gain market share, so neither want to pay for clean-up costs. The environmental impact of printing 3-4 tonnes of papers daily is enormous, and something clearly needs to be done. Recently in the UK there has been legislation that will force electronics manufacturers to pay for the recycling of their goods once they are disposed, could a similar scheme work for print publishers? :: The Guardian

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