Summer garden waste combined with a commingled recycling collection has helped Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council reach a 34% recycling rate. The latest figure is the highest the borough has achieved and it has overtaken its 29% recycling target for the year. The amount was recorded during the last quarter between July and September. Councillor Alan Cottam said: This increase, on top of previous increases, has made it perfectly clear that our residents have embraced our efforts to drive up the recycle percentage or our waste stream and to send only essential residual rubbish to the landfill sites. Since the first stage return to weekly collections, we have seen a reduction in expensive landfill which would reduce the threatened landfill tax by up to £1.5 million per annum when set against last years figures. Garden waste is also included in the figures and the council acknowledges that this tends to increase the recycling figures for the period. According to the council, it shows that the people of Blackburn are recycling more cans, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard. Once we get the reminder of the borough equipped to take advantage of our easy-to-use format, we will be able to be compared with other equally committed local authorities, added Cottam.