Colchester Borough Council has released new figures that show a sharp drop in the amount of household waste being sent to landfill – with residents now recycling almost half of all the waste collected in the Borough.
The latest figures for the new collection service, which began on 20 June, compare positively with the same period last year and show:
- Residual waste down by 32% (618 tonnes)
- Food waste up 56% (128 extra tonnes)
- Recycling up to 49.8% of total waste collected (from 45%)
The new service limits the Borough’s 80,000 households to three black bags a fortnight or one black wheelie bin for non-recyclable rubbish, with collections switching from a weekly to a two-weekly cycle. Food waste collections remain weekly.
Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, said: “Once again, I would like to thank residents for embracing the new service so well and for helping to boost the amount of household waste they recycle.”
“These outstanding figures show we’re well on track to attain the results we set out to achieve, which is to increase the amount we recycle and reduce the total of non-recyclable rubbish the Borough sends to landfill.”
Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted that these remarkable early figures show the new waste collection service is encouraging appreciable change in the way residents recycle their waste.
“As a result, we have already begun to see significantly less waste sent to landfill and are generating even more income from the materials we are able to recycle – both of which are helping us to meet our targets and fulfil our environmental commitments as a council.”