Letter: Paper garden

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Sir: Should you recycle? (report, 6 December). Not always. As a company involved in composting green organic waste it is a question we take seriously. Large centralised sites composting in excess of 30,000 tonnes a year are questionable from an environmental perspective. Smaller schemes, bearing in mind the proximity principle and working in conjunction with farmers, almost always make environmental sense.

Recycling of paper and glass in theory should make sense, but in practice will depend on the variables. The best way to deal with poor-quality paper and thin card such as cereal boxes is to compost them in the garden. They are an excellent source of carbon and mixed in with grass cuttings will improve the carbon to nitrogen ratio, helping to provide a good compost.

CHARLIE TROUSDELL

KPS Composting Services

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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