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Waste management reports increase in recycling rates

Herefordshire residents have increased recycling rates in the county since the introduction of alternate weekly collections in November 2014.

In a report to the General Overview and Scrutiny Committee this week, the waste management team reports a 5.34% increase in recycling; the equivalent to 121 tonnes of recycling per month. The amount of waste going to landfill has reduced by 7% which is the equivalent to 293 tonnes per month. The figures are based on the first six months of the new scheme.

Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets said, “I would like to thank the people of Herefordshire for their patience during the implementation stage of moving to alternate weekly collections. It has been appreciated.

I am really pleased with the early indication that the new system is meeting its objectives. Not only are we saving money through reduced landfill tax, we are also saving £0.5m a year through reduced collection costs. This is money that will be used to provide much needed services to the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Tags: Environment and waste