Recycling surges after black bin cuts

October 29 2018
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REDUCING the size of black bins has led to a 17 per cent cut in the amount of rubbish being thrown away for landfill - and big increases in recycling.

Figures for the first five months since South Gloucestershire Council replaced the old 240-litre bins with 140-litre bins show a 3,325-tonne reduction in waste left at the kerbside by households.

At the same time the amount of cans and plastic put out for recycling has gone up by 725 tonnes: an increase of 42 per cent.

Food waste left out for weekly collections has increased by more than a third, with an extra 903 tonnes picked up since April.

The amount of cardboard, textiles and glass being recycled in kerbside collections has also gone up since April, the council says, by 174 tonnes (8%), 2 tonnes (5%) and 132 tonnes (5%) respectively.

But the amount of paper being recycled fell by 158 tonnes (8%), part of a long-term trend which is seeing people use less paper for letters and reading fewer newspapers.

Overall, an extra 1,779 tonnes of recycling has been collected through weekly kerbside collections in the first five months since the bin change: a 16 per cent increase on the same period the previous year.

The area’s overall recycling rate is predicted to be around 51.6 per cent this year, just above the EU recycling target of 50 per cent.

Council cabinet member for communities Paul Hughes said: “These are great results and I would like to thank South Gloucestershire residents who have contributed to this success.

“It’s particularly good to hear that we have managed to exceed the EU’s target. We have made some great progress with our waste strategy and are working to promote a culture of positive attitudes towards recycling, through the actions and policies that have been undertaken.

“The significant reductions in landfill waste being thrown away and the substantial increase in recyclables collected not only provides better value for money for the community, but means we are doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint for our growing population.”

The council also distributed more than 3,700 nappy sacks to families with young children and sold 219 reusable nappy kits over the five months covered by the figures.

However there have been some reports of people stuffing household waste into on-street litter bins since the new domestic bins were introduced.

The council has advised anyone who is struggling to with the new collections regime to visit southglos.gov.uk/sortit  online or call the council on 01454 868000 for help and advice.