Recycling up by 50%

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East Riding residents recycled 60 per cent of their waste during May, the highest rate ever achieved and putting them among the UK’s top recyclers.

The recycling rate for the same month last year was 56 per cent. The other good news is that the amount of waste sent to landfill from the green bins in May has dropped by 17 per cent.

East Riding of Yorkshire council says the continuing rise in the amount of glass, plastics, paper and cans sent for recycling is due to residents welcoming the fortnightly collections of the blue bins.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “About half the households across the area are now on the fortnightly collections of the blue and green bins.

“Those households that are now on the fortnightly service show huge increases in recycling. These results clearly point to the success of the new collections with recycling up and the amount of waste going to landfill falling.

“Fortnightly collections were what residents told us they wanted and they are being true to their word. Every household will be on the collections by early next year as we continue to provide the new service area by area.”

The recyclable waste from the blue bins amounted to 2400 tonnes for May, a record 18 per cent increase compared with the 2028 tonnes for the same month last year.

HOLDERNESS

Residents in the Holderness area increased the amount they recycled in their blue bins by a staggering 44 per cent. In May, they put 366 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons in their blue recycling bins.

They also reduced the amount sent to landfill from their green bins by 35 per cent, a huge fall and a saving of taxpayers money on the amount spent on landfill tax.

Holderness residents were among the first to go onto the fortnightly collections of the blue and green bins.

POCKLINGTON

Residents in the Pocklington area, including Stamford Bridge and Market Weighton increased the amount they recycled in their blue bins by 12 per cent.

In May, they put 250 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons in their blue recycling bins.

They also reduced the amount sent to landfill from their green bins by 11 per cent, a big fall and a saving of taxpayers money on the amount spent on landfill tax.

These achievements are all the greater because most of the area has still to go onto the fortnightly collections. Those areas already on the new collections are showing major rises in recycling.

GOOLE

Residents in the Goole area reduced the amount they sent to landfill by eight per cent in May. This represents a major saving in the amount the council had to spend on landfill tax.

The amount of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons they sent for recycling in their blue bins was about the same as for May last year.

Those areas of the East Riding which are already on the fortnightly collections of the blue and green bins are recycling significantly more waste.

BRIDLINGTON AND HORNSEA

Residents in the Bridlington and Hornsea areas increased the amount they recycled by 50 per cent in May.

This huge increase in the amount of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons put in the blue bins is down to the enthusiasm of residents for the new fortnightly bin collections.

At the same time, residents reduced by 30 per cent what they sent to landfill from their green bins. This represents a major saving on the amount the council has to spend on landfill tax.

DRIFFIELD

Residents in the Driffield area increased the amount they recycled by 50 per cent in May.

This huge increase in the amount of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons put in the blue bins is down to the enthusiasm of residents for the new fortnightly bin collections.

At the same time, residents reduced by 30 per cent what they sent to landfill from their green bins. This represents a major saving on the amount the council has to spend on landfill tax.

BEVERLEY, WILLERBY, HESSLE, BROUGH AREAS

In May, residents in the Beverley, Willerby, Hessle and Brough areas increased by 15 per cent the amount they sent for recycling from their blue bins.

In those two months 837 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons was put in the blue bins and sent for recycling. This was a major increase especially as few residents in these areas are on the fortnightly collections.

The amount of waste put in the green bins was down by seven per cent which means less waste was sent to landfill.