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Fortnightly collections put Newport recycling rates through the roof

Recycling rates in Newport City have gone through the roof since the local authority switched non-recyclable rubbish collections to once a fortnight.

Under its 2xRecycling scheme, collection rates have increased further since the new procedure was extended to include 20,000 more residents at the end of January.

Overall, recyclables collected have risen by 26 tonnes per week during the past two months with 190 tonnes now being collected from the city every week.

This rise has been attributed mainly to the 20,000 new residents added to the scheme. Before the fortnightly collection was extended to these, householders were recycling 59 tonnes per week on average through green and blue boxes.

But in the first two months of the fortnightly rubbish collections being extended, residents in the affected areas have recycled 85 tonnes per week- a 44% improvement.

Newport cabinet member for community safety and sustainable development councillor Ray Truman said: “We’ve asked residents to change their usual household routine to manage with their new waste collections. The statistics show that in these first months, many are responding positively by putting their rubbish bins out once a fortnight and fuller recycling boxes out every week.

“The scheme is here to stay, so we’re now concentrating on the minority who haven’t heard the message that you have to start recycling to manage your waste under this scheme.”

While a further 20,000 residents are expected to join the scheme later this calendar year, new powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act have allowed officials to drum home the importance of recycling further still.

And although more than 100 warning letters have been issued in the last week, only 43 enforcement notices have been served since the scheme began 18 months ago.

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