THE GOVERNMENT'S recycling programme is in chaos. The National Audit Office, in its report published on January 14, criticised the lack of recycling plants, principally for newspapers and food.
Piles of paper are being stored in warehouses due to the current lack of demand and shortage of recycling facilities. Apparently, it cannot be used after three months.
Councils are obviously collecting the material but, because EU targets to reduce landfill waste set back in 1999 are unlikely to be met, Labour is threatening to pass on the EU's fines to us, namely the council tax payer.
It is useful to learn via January's edition of Hounslow Matters (Chronicle Letters, January 15) that Hounslow Council is planning to introduce a new plastic and food recycling service. It was also reassuring to receive a letter from the leader in response to a query at the public Question Time on December 2 explaining that: "Hounslow Council is fully committed to weekly refuse collection and does not support the fining of residents to increase recycling rates."
The cost of levying, enforcing and handling appeals would be prohibitive, adding another stealth tax and encouraging fly-tipping.
Hounslow Council is playing its part in recy-cling but the Labour government must put in place an effective system.
LIZ MAMMATT Engleheart Drive, Feltham.