In response to Janet Kitchen's letter (March 19), I wish to point out that the plastic packaging used for council tax bills and information this year is, in fact, fully biodegradable.

It says so on the back page of the leaflet.

The printing and packaging operation is as cheap and efficient as we can make it and makes full use of the Yorkcraft disabled workshop, for whom the council helped buy the machinery to pack and seal more than 100,000 documents a year for the authority, and which is available for the workshop to use for other customers all year.

Simon Wiles,

Director of Resources,

City of York Council.

Updated: 11:07 Friday, March 25, 2005