Recycling soared by 30% in the first week of Cotswold District Council’s new waste collection service.
More than 140 tonnes of recyclables were collected last week compared to just over 110 tonnes under the old service a fortnight previously.
During the same five days, the amount of non-recyclable landfill waste collected has fallen by more than 50%.
Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “The overriding aim of the new service is to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill sites and to increase the amount of waste we recycle, so these initial figures are hugely encouraging.
“Residents showed great patience and tolerance when the introduction of the service was delayed and there are bound to be some initial teething problems while we all adjust to the changes. However, I think these figures show just how much the District will benefit from the new service in the long term.”
Under Cotswold District Council’s new waste collection service, food waste and garden waste are collected weekly for composting.
All other collections are fortnightly, including:
• Non-recyclable landfill waste in a Council-issued grey wheeled bin or beige bin bags
• Paper, glass, cans/tins and empty aerosols in kerbside recycling boxes
• Card and cardboard in reusable blue sacks
The huge volume of card and cardboard which is being put out to be recycled has meant that SITA has had to use two vehicles to collect the recyclables – one lorry for glass and cans, the other for paper and cardboard.
“The Council and SITA are committed to ensuring that the new service is as cost-effective and efficient as possible,” added Cllr Tufnell.
“After the first few weeks, we will analyse just how much more recyclable waste we are collecting and how much less landfill waste.
“We will then be able to adjust our resources accordingly and establish whether the provision of two recycling collection vehicles for each area is the most efficient long-term solution.”
The lorries which are collecting the paper and cardboard are the same kind of rear-loading compaction vehicles which pick up landfill waste, but the Council can assure residents that all the material they put out for recycling is being recycled. Additional recycling containers are available if residents require them.
People are also reminded that non-recyclable landfill waste is now only being collected if it is contained within a Council-issued grey wheeled bin with the lid closed or Council-issued beige bin bags. Any additional waste put out at kerbside will not be collected.
Anyone who has a query about the new waste service should visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.
Source: Cotswold District Council
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