Commission grants charitable status to recycling agencies

Two organisations that deal with recycling issues have been granted charitable status in the latest move to modernise the definition of "charity". In the past, recycling organisations were not regarded as charitable.

This has changed following the Charity Commission's ongoing review of the register.

Last year, the Commission recognised conservation of the environment as a charitable purpose in its own right and now it looks set to recognise the public benefit of recycling too.

The organisations are Recycling in Ottery, a Devon-based organisation that runs a recycling scrapyard, and Cylch, a Welsh umbrella body that promotes sustainable waste-management practices.

James Kilby, a senior lawyer with the Commission, said: "These cases show that charity law is keeping pace with developments in society. Ten years ago people wouldn't even have come to the Commission with a proposal of this nature."

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