Leaving aside the point that this whole exercise is as a result of yet another ill-thought out European Union law which we in this country have to follow, the bureaucratic mind excels itself with a quote by Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association's environment board. "The recycling market is very immature; no-one foresaw that, in terms of a recession, it can be extremely volatile."
Ye Gods! It may have escaped your notice Mr Bettison that the recycled material is dealt with by private companies - and what happens to private companies in a recession?
Sorry, I forgot - you're a public sector employee at management level (first requirement - lack of brain cells).