Recycling rates hit record highs in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the New Year period.
Residents put out 321 tonnes of recycling for collection between December 31 and 7 January – an increase of 100 tonnes compared with the average weekly rate and much more than collected over the New Year period any time in the past.
“We want to say a huge thank you to residents for their recycling efforts over Christmas,” said Cllr. Ann Beech, Cabinet member for Operational Services. “The mammoth effort by recycling residents was matched by staff who worked to meet demand over the festive season.
”We know that the festive season can be incredibly busy but it is clear that households in the borough are embracing the recycling message and supporting the Council’s drive to become a cleaner, greener borough.”
To help tackle the huge increase in recycling over the festive period, the Council used a couple of additional vehicles to collect oversized cardboard and other items from some properties.
All the recycling collected in the borough is sorted, bulked, baled and sold on to companies in the UK and Europe to be reprocessed in to new items. Collections of food waste are used to produce electricity and fertiliser.
By collecting recycling separately in three boxes, the Council brings in additional income of about £600,000 per year to support other council services.
Residents are reminded that if they need additional boxes to help them recycle more or separate their cardboard and glass, they just need to ask and additional boxes will be delivered.