Figures from the first year of the new waste service has confirmed a 10% rise in recycling rates across Tendring.
Last year Tendring District Council (TDC) launched a new waste collection service, moving the majority of homes from weekly pick-ups of unlimited black bags to fortnightly collection of a wheeled bin.
The roll-out of the new service was completed by the end of August 2019, and data are now available to compare September 2018 to August 2019, with the same period 2019-20.
Overall the recycling rate across the district was up 10%, to 40.4%, with black bag/bin waste – non-recycled waste – down by almost 5,000 tonnes (15%).
Food waste collections increased by more than 2,000 tonnes (76% increase year-on-year), while garden waste (a paid-for service) is up one-fifth and bottle bank recycling was also up three-fifths.
Michael Talbot, TDC Portfolio Holder for Environment, revealed the statistics at a Cabinet meeting today (Friday, 18 December).
“Although not the only reason for the introduction of a new waste service, improved recycling was a key driver behind bringing in wheeled bins and limits on how much black bag waste people could dispose of, and this has clearly paid off,” Councillor Talbot said.
“This is very welcome news, and has a financial benefit in increased recycling credits as the Budget paper on Cabinet shows.
“However, we will not be complacent and will continue to look at ways in which we can further improve recycling across the district.
“Previously released figures for the financial year period had suggested this increase, but it is good to have this confirmed now we can cover a timeframe which properly takes into account the new waste service.”