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Recycling figures are up in borough
8:00am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
RECYCLING figures for Brentwood are up by 7 per cent compared to last year.
The statistics relating to collections between April and July this year in Brentwood show 55 per cent of waste was recycled.
This is an increased when compared to the same period in 2011 and means Brentwood Council is on target to reach its goal of recycling 60 per cent of all waste this year.
Council leader Louise McKinlay said the improvements have come through schemes run at Town Hall, but added they are still looking to do more.
Mrs McKinlay said: “I’m pleased our recycling is going from strength to strength, not least because of the innovate schemes we have provided, such as our food waste recycling as well as our education schemes, where we got children to encourage their parents to recycle more.
“I got to speak about these successes to an audience of those closely involved in recycling at the Conservative Party conference last week. They were also interested to hear of our successes.
“But we want to make it even easier to recycle – that’s why we have made a bid for Government funding so we can collect recycling weekly.”
Dr David Greenfield, director of waste and resources at the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise, which supports councils in refuse collection projects, said Brentwood Council should be proud.
Dr Greenfield said: “Residents take a keen interest in their bin services and councils continue to work hard to ensure recycling rates are up, year on year.
“There are a great number of initiatives taking place around the country to encourage people to help their councils tackle the amount of waste that is being sent to landfill and Brentwood’s success story highlights exactly what can be achieved when a council takes an innovative approach.”