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New recycling collection doubles Harlow’s recycling rate

The introduction of a new waste and recycling collection system has led to a dramatic increase in recycling rates in Harlow.

Monthly trends show that Harlow’s recycling rates are currently doubling from around 25% to around 50% and this has largely been attributed to the introduction of a new recycling system which was rolled out from October last year with almost all households in the area on board by December.

Year-on-year results compare the recycling rates in Harlow before and after the introduction of the new collection system:


2009/2010 Rates (after new scheme introduced)2008/2009 Rates (prior to new scheme)
March 2010           50.41%March 2009            25.25%
February 2010      50.19%February 2009       24.40%
January 2010        50.80%January 2009         26.10%
December 2009   51.70%December 2008    25.81%


The new collection system involves a food waste collection which council leaders believe may be one of the main reasons for the dramatic increase in recycling rates.

Harlow Council executive committee member and chairman of the environment working group Tony Hall said: “The town is now recycling double what we were which is a fantastic achievement by residents.

“The new collection scheme brought in last year is the reason for the massive improvement because it enables more items to be recycled.”

The news of Harlow’s improved recycling rates comes just a few days after South Oxfordshire District Council also announced impressive recycling results following the introduction of a new recycling collection system.

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