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Council targets 70% recycling goal within three years

Surrey County Council is claiming a 50% recycling rate for household waste - and promising to hit 70% within three years. A Government target requires councils to recycle at least half their household waste by 2020.

Council cabinet member for environment Dr Lynne Hack said: “Achieving a 50% recycling rate required a lot of hard work by residents and Surrey’s (district and borough) councils, so we should all be proud of this achievement. Despite the success, we’re certainly not going to rest on our laurels.”

The council is now focused on reaching a 70% household waste recycling rate by 2014. It says this will be achieved by improving community recycling centres, working to identify more materials that can be recycled and educating people about the benefits of recycling.

Efforts that proved successful in hitting the current target include:

  • Improving community recycling centres to make it easier for residents to recycle waste, including extended opening hours
  • Increasing the variety of waste to be recycled
  • Teaming up with organisations that process people’s unwanted furniture and other household goods
  • Working with district and borough councils to collect food waste separately

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