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AWC leads to increased recycling rate for Stratford

An alternate week collection (AWC) system implemented in Stratford-on-Avon in 2008 has produced an increase in recycling performance in its first two years.

Stratford has achieved recycling and composting rates of 58.6% for 2009/10 which equates to a 25% increase on its 47.02% rate for the previous year.

The AWC system was put in place by contractor Verdant in August 2008 and involved alternate weekly collections of refuse, commingled dry recyclables and green and food waste for around 119,000 residents in the district.

Speaking about the improved recycling performance Stratford-on-Avon district council portfolio holder for environment Simon Jackson said: “There can be no doubt that this achievement is wholly attributable to the way residents right across the district have embraced the new arrangements.

“This has largely been assisted by a small, dedicated team whose efforts in liaising with residents and forging a first class working relationship with Verdant have been commendable throughout.”

Verdant managing director Roger Edwards added: “Without their [the residents’] support, from rollout through to today, the best-designed scheme would not achieve much.

“Their continuing enthusiasm for recycling as much as possible is really inspiring for the Verdant team.”

As well as increasing recycling rates, the new recycling system was the highest rated council service by residents in a recent survey. It was given a score of 82.6% and was also one of only two services that had improved their satisfaction score by more than 2% since the last survey.

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