HOUSEHOLDS in the East Riding recycled 60 per cent of their waste last month (June 2012).
That 60 per cent recycling rate is based on the collections from the blue recycling bins, the brown bins for composting and the waste taken to the 10 household waste recycling sites.
- 1,872 tonnes of recyclables, ie glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak, was collected from the blue bins last month, a jump of 45 per cent in just one year.
- 5,260 tonnes of garden waste, food waste and cardboard was collected from the brown bins, an increase of 19 per cent.
- The waste in the green bins, which goes to landfill, was down by 15 per cent. This means that 941 tonnes less waste was sent to landfill last month compared with June last year, making a saving on landfill tax.
Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Our residents are up there, among the best in the country when it comes to recycling. Month by month, since the beginning of this year, the recycling rate has steadily gone up and the amount of waste sent to landfill has been going down.”
The Holderness specific figures for last month are:
- 188 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak was collected from the blue recycling bins, 34 tonnes more than in June last year, a 22 per cent increase.
- The amount of waste collected from the green landfill bins in the Holderness area last month was 15 per cent less than in June last year.
In April, the council started a trial in six areas across the East Riding based on fortnightly collections of the blue recycling bins and the green landfill bins. The trial was extended in June to provide a fuller picture of the varying areas and demographics. Streets in Burstwick, Keyingham and Thorngumbald are among those taking part in the trial.
The recycling rate in the six trial areas was 70 per cent, with a big drop of 22 per cent in the waste being put in the green landfill bins.