Citizens of Newark and Sherwood rejoice — you are not alone.

Criticism by district councillor Roger Jackson (Recycling Rates Need To Improve, Advertiser, November 16) that we in Newark and Sherwood are guilty of insufficient and incorrect recycling, is echoed in recent research carried out across the UK by the British Science Association.

Of the 2,000 people surveyed, none knew exactly what could and could not go in the recycling bin.

A fifth thought it was OK to recycle cardboard coffee cups, greasy pizza boxes and plastic bags.

A similar proportion of 25-34 year-olds could not be bothered to recycle at all.

And most of the respondents were guilty of the ultimate sin — contaminating their recycling bins by putting in inappropriate items — so at least I now know I am not the only one.

The association concluded that: “Manufacturers of plastic products could provide clearer information on packaging and local councils should be actively working to improve guidance for local residents.”

But be careful what you wish for.

China, the world’s biggest importer of recycled waste, has now stopped importing difficult-to-recycle plastics (such as drinks bottles) and UK councils will have to pay more to get rid of this stuff.

Who will suffer from the inevitable cuts as councils divert their expenditure to meet this extra cost?

Why, the same people who are being encouraged to recycle more — you and me, of course.

It appears to be a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

It seems to me like another good reason for reducing the use of plastics. — R. GRAVES, Farndon (Full address supplied).