England's top recycler for third year running!
Fri, 29 Nov 2019

The council is the top recycler in the country – for a third year running!

Government figures released yesterday (Thursday 28 November) show the council recycled, reused or composted more household waste than any other council in England in 2018/19.

This is the third year running the East Riding has topped the national results released annually by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – out of a total of 344 local authorities in the country.

Thanks to the huge support of residents, the council was able to recycle, reuse or compost 64.8% of all household waste in the 2018/19 financial year.

A total of 196,440 tonnes of household waste was collected from East Riding residents’ wheelie bins and from the council’s 10 household waste recycling sites between April 2018 and March 2019.

From that 109,314 tonnes of waste was sent for recycling, reuse or for composting.

The national recycling rate for England was 45.1%, slightly up on the 44.8% recorded last year.

Paul Bellotti, director of communities and environment at the council, said: “To have the highest recycling rate in England for the third year running is a fantastic achievement for the East Riding.

“We want to send a huge thank you to residents in the East Riding for their continued support and enthusiasm for our recycling schemes. They really are the best recyclers.

“We also want to thank our waste and recycling team and our brilliant bin collection crews, who are out in all weathers emptying people’s bins. Their efforts are very much appreciated by residents.

“As a council our aim is to improve our performance and improve our services for residents.”

The council’s recycling rate of 64.8% was an increase on the 64.5% recorded for 2017/18.

Twelve years ago the council was ranked 214th in England with a recycling rate of 24.9%.

The two nearest councils in the national results this year were South Oxfordshire District Council with 63.3%, and Three Rivers District Council with 63%.


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