Over half of the district’s waste now being recycled

06/07/2017, PR8596

The Wakefield district’s recycling rates have reached over 50% for the first time. This means that more than half of all household waste in the district is now being recycled.

This year 15,467 additional tonnes of household waste were sent for recycling, compared against last year’s figures for 2015/16.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “I would like to thank our residents and businesses for their continued support to help reach this milestone.

“We have made improvements in the performance of our new waste treatment facilities, helping to increase our recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“I am delighted that we are now recycling and re-using more materials through our household waste recycling centres than ever before.”

The amount of household waste being sent to landfill has reduced by 33,000 tonnes.

Cllr Cummings added: “This is great news for the district, but we won’t stop there. We want to keep recycling more and more. We can achieve this with the help of local residents and businesses, making sure we are all putting the right items in the correct bins.”

Wakefield Council, in partnership with its contractor Renewi (previously known as Shanks Waste Management), has also received a prestigious award for its recycling and education campaign. The Council was announced as the winner in the communications category at the National Recycling Awards last week.

Cllr Richard Forster, who accepted the award on behalf of the Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Council as we continue in our drive to increase recycling rates and improve services for all our customers.”

The communication initiatives have contributed to a 9.8% increase in kerbside collected recycling and a 32.4% increase in materials collected for reuse at Household Waste Recycling Centres and Bring Sites.

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