Region beats recycle record

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East Riding residents recycled and composted a record 54 per cent of their household waste in April.

This percentage is the highest monthly figure ever achieved in the East Riding and includes the first collections of food waste and cardboard in the brown bins in some areas of the region.

The total amount of waste collected last month from across the council’s 10 household waste recycling sites, the 140 bring sites and the kerbside collections was 18,304 tonnes, compared with 17,849 tonnes in April of last year.

Last month, 3,759 tonnes of waste was collected from the East Riding’s brown bins. This tonnage was 35 per cent higher than the amount collected from the brown bins in the previous month, March.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “This is an outstanding achievement by all residents.

“It goes to show that the collection of food waste and cardboard in the brown bins is just what our residents wanted.

“Once the roll out is completed towards the end of June, we are expecting to keep even more of this waste out of landfill, saving our taxpayers the increasing cost of landfill taxes, while protecting the environment.” Residents in Pocklington and surrounding areas have since received caddies and are now included in the new collection service for food waste and cardboard.