Big increase in recycling in Richmondshire due to lockdown

Richmondshire District Council recycling boxes.

Recycling figures have seen a huge upturn as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with green waste collections up by 35 per cent and dry recycling by 14 per cent.

A massive 415 tonnes of garden waste – 145 tonnes more than in the same period last year – was picked up from Richmondshire homes during April.

A further 433 tonnes of recycling material was collected from the kerbside – 14 per cent more than 12 months ago.

In the first month of coronavirus lockdown residents placed all their waste glass, cans, cardboard, paper and plastics, as well as garden waste, at the kerbside for collection by district council staff.

Other disposal avenues, such as the household waste recycling centres, were closed.

“We want to thank our residents for recycling – we expected an increase but this increase is brilliant,” said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“With everyone taking in more deliveries there has been a big upturn in cardboard left at the kerbside and being at home has meant more cans and bottles too.

“And we have clearly had some very busy gardeners.”

She said that the amount of household waste collected has also risen – but at 980 tonnes is only up 11 per cent on last year’s figures.

“Please keep up the good work and reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.

“Our crews have done an amazing job of keeping the waste collection service going – we haven’t missed a round in these last eight weeks.

“I am very proud of the service we are maintaining during these difficult times.”

The council collected 433 tonnes of dry recycling in the month to April 30, 2020, compared to 371 tonnes in 2019; 980 tonnes of household waste compared to 870 tonnes ; and 415 tonnes of green waste compared to 270 tonnes. [kofi]

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