Recycling rate rises in Richmondshire during lockdown

Council staff at work.

Richmondshire’s kerbside recycling rose by almost ten per cent during the pandemic lockdown.

The district council is marking the national Recycle Now week by thanking its residents for continuing to recycle their paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics through its fortnightly household collections.

Collectors took 890 tonnes of recycling from the kerbside for the three months to the end of June this year – almost 150 tonnes more than in 2019.

Garden waste also rose by 131 tonnes and household waste by 280 tonnes.

“The district council maintained its collection service throughout the lockdown with our workforce going all out to collect the extra waste, including garden waste and recycling left at the kerbside,” said Councillor Richard Good.

“Not only was recycling increased but so were the household waste collections – up by 280 tonnes – as a result of people being based purely at home for such a long period of time.

“We want to thank all our residents for continuing to recycle in these massive quantities allowing us to recycle around 38 per cent of all the waste we collect every year.”

He said glass, paper, card, cans, plastics and textiles can all be left at the kerbside for collection every fortnight.

Glass, cans and plastic are collected in green and black boxes – with glass kept separate; paper and card in blue or white bags; and textiles in any clear bag supplied by the householder.

All cardboard will be collected if left folded and placed in the blue or white bags, loose cardboard cannot be collected.