The Queen’s vow to go green fails with royal rubbish recycling falling dramatically

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THE Queen’s pledge to go green has failed drastically with royal rubbish recycling falling dramatically.

More than 630 tonnes was buried or burned last year — up from 514 tonnes and a rise of 23 per cent on the year before.

The Queen has banned plastic straws from Buckingham Palace
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Some 29 per cent of Royal waste was not recycled.

The surprise figures come despite the Queen banning straws and single use plastics from Buckingham Palace, Holyrood Castle and Windsor after taking part in a TV show with David Attenborough.

Committed environmentalist Prince Charles has also joined a campaign to ban plastics.

Officials said the increase was due to clearing out stores and offices in the East wing of the palace as part of a refurbishment.


But they did admit they were concerned and monitoring levels.

Buckingham Palace said 95 per cent of non-recycled waste went to incinerators used to make energy.

But Shlomo Dowen, of the UK Without Incineration Network said: “The little bit of energy you get from burning waste is not worth it when you consider the appalling environmental impact.”

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