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New scheme brings rewards to Bristol

Just a few months after new waste services were introduced, recycling levels in Bristol have gone through the roof.

In that short space of time and thanks to the efforts of residents, rates in the city have risen from just 19% in May to an average of 39.4% following the implementation of new weekly collections.

Bristol City Council executive member for sustainable environment and neighbourhoods councillor Gary Hopkins said: The response from the public to the new service has been tremendous and I would like to thank them for their efforts.

We are now ahead of Government targets and even though these get tougher every year, we are confident that for some years ahead Bristol taxpayers will benefit from us selling landfill permits to local authorities who are not performing in this area.

Previously, items such as food, cardboard and garden waste would have been buried in landfill, but since the new weekly collection services began, 3,096 tonnes have been collected for composting.

The move has also boosted support for the citys well-established black box recycling collection service and the councils main recycling centres.

The city has seen residual rubbish left in wheelie bins drop by 5,052 tonnes while compared to the same month last year, residents have placed an extra 375 tonnes of newspaper, magazines, glass bottles and jars, cans, tins, foil, unwanted clothes, shoes, spectacles and aerosols in their recycling bins.

Hopkins added: Inevitably, there have been some teething problems but I am confident that problems with collections in some areas have been addressed. Once again I would urge members of the public to contact the city council and bring any issues to our attention.

Further evidence of how the public has bought into recycling lies in the fact that since June, 703 compost bins have been ordered and over 8,000 residents are now using the new garden waste collection service.

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