Richmondshire recycling rate up to 37 per cent after changes

Improvements to Richmondshire’s recycling collection scheme have seen more rubbish being recycled.

Members of the district council’s corporate board were told this week that since its launch last September an extra 84 tons of material has been picked up at the kerbside.

At the same time, the amount of household waste collected – waste that goes to landfill – had dropped by 105 tons.

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The overall recycling rate increased from 35 per cent during 2016/17 to 37 per cent during 2017/18.

Councillor Tony Duff, spokesperson for waste and street scene, said: “This is excellent news with more waste being recycled and less waste going to landfill or to be incinerated.

“This was precisely the aim of enhanced kerbside recycling so it is very encouraging to see our work having such a positive and practical impact.

“I would like to thank our residents for stepping up their efforts to recycle – this helps the environment and creates additional income which helps the Council to keep costs down.

The district council collects glass, cans, paper, all cardboard, aerosols and textiles at the kerbside on a fortnightly basis.