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Controversial Burnley scheme puts figures through the roof

A controversial council collection scheme has proved a massive success by pushing recycling figures from 12% to nearly 30% in just one year.

Burnley Council introduced its alternate week recycling and refuse collections in April 2005, with members of the public reportedly unhappy with the new system.

However, just 12 months on, council officials say that the amount of waste landfilled has been cut by almost a third, with a total of 8,379 tonnes of glass, cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, textiles and garden waste collected.

Burnley Borough Council waste officer Helen Williams said: “Thanks to the support of local people, we’ve managed to recycle a massive amount of rubbish that would otherwise be polluting the ground.

“Now we plan to build on the success of this first year and, with the help of residents, we aim to increase the amount of recyclable rubbish we collect, reduce the amount of rubbish we collect that can’t be recycled and so boost our recycling rate even further.”

Official figures show the massive improvement to nearly 30% in exactly a year; with the borough’s rate now well above the target set by Government.

In the first 12 months of the service, the council has collected 2,263 tonnes of glass, cans and plastic bottles, 2,815 tonnes of paper and 3,015 tonnes of garden waste.

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