Cotswold DC Hitting The Heights With Waste Service

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Cotswold DC Hitting The Heights With Waste Service

Cotswold District Council is heading towards the top of Britain’s recycling league table thanks to its new waste collection service.

Landfill waste has more than halved since the service was introduced a month ago. During those the first four weeks of the service, a staggering 75% of all the waste collected has been either composted or recycled.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are delighted by these figures and for the magnificent support given by residents to our new service.
“If we maintain this sort of success we will be go right to the top of the league nationally for our recycling performance.”

Before the introduction of the new service, Cotswold was already the top-performing district in Gloucestershire with an annual combined recycling and composting rate of 43%.

Now, the new weekly collection of food waste for composting and the addition of card and cardboard to the fortnightly recycling collection are enabling residents to divert hundreds more tonnes of rubbish away from landfill sites.

Cllr Tufnell added: “It is unlikely that the annual recycling rate will stay as high as the current 75% mark because the service was introduced part way through the year.
“However, the figures are even better than we had hoped for – and that is thanks to the sterling efforts of all our residents.”

Under the new service, non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly in Council-issued grey wheeled bins or beige bin bags; food waste and garden waste are collected weekly for composting; paper, glass, cans/tins, card and cardboard are collected fortnightly for recycling.

For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Posted : 23/07/2008 14:10:07

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