Friday 7 November 2008 10.19am
It's definitely a myth (nowadays - it was true for some "rotten Boroughs" in the late 90s/early 00s).
The London Borough of Greenwich imports and processes many other Borough's recycling. There are also a number of plants up near Wembley, at Waltham Forest and out at Rainham in Essex. In the current climate (and given that as Reece identifies they can no longer sell it abroad) this is a very competitive business.
A new PET (plastic bottles) processing plan has recently opened at Dagenham http://www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk/
and has the capacity to recycle 35,000 tonnes of plastic a year with expansion plans to 50,000 if it can find demand.
For the specifics of where our rubbish goes I've put in a request to LB Southwark for this information and will share it when I get a reply.