Military bases could be used to store recyclable material which is not being sold on.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has asked the government to allow mounting collections of recyclable materials from scrap cars to plastic bottles to be stored on Ministry of Defence sites.
Councils and municipal sorting facilities are facing difficulty selling recyclable products on to reprocessors as a result of the financial downturn and the LGA wants to use MoD sites to store it until the market recovers.
Existing depots are full and unless space can be filled to store the material, recycling collection could grind to a halt.
Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA environment board said: "In the past, the Ministry of Defence has stored mail during postal strikes. If we can start building a mountain of scrap iron, then we can sell it when the recyclable market returns, but we need somewhere to stockpile material."
The called followed news earlier this month that recycling and composting in the UK had risen to 34.5 per cent in 2007/08 from 30.9 in 2006/07.
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