Wheelie bin boost for recycling rate

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The introduction of wheelie bins has seen recycling rates jump in East Cambridgeshire by more than 20 per cent.

According to the district council, between October and December last year over 3,864 tonnes were recycled compared to 2,293 tonnes over the same period in 2012.

This represents a recycling rate for the district of 54 per cent in just three months of the new recycling system.

Feedback received by the authority since the roll out of the new services also suggests residents believe they are recycling more since they received their wheelie bins. Eight-three per cent of respondents said they were recycling more with their blue bins, while 57 per cent said they were recycling more garden and food waste.

Community and environment committee chairman Cllr Richard Hobbs, said: “We thought our recycling rate would increase with the introduction of wheelie bins but I don’t think any of us expected such an instant and dramatic change. Such a significant improvement is testament to the hard work and planning which went into the roll out of the new service.

“However, we know we cannot be complacent and we have plans to keep promoting the recycling message over the coming months. We will be going to primary schools as well as holding roadshows in market towns to explain how the new service works and how residents can recycle more. We have made an excellent start and I am sure as we move forward we can do even more to raise our recycling levels further.”