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New scheme has seen recycling rate almost double

A new recycling collection scheme launched on April 12 by Tewkesbury Borough Council, has seen recycling rates rise to nearly 60% almost double the average recycling rate in 2009.

Under the new scheme, the council now collects kitchen waste weekly and other recyclables and residual waste on a fortnightly basis.

More than 450 tonnes of recycling and almost 150 tonnes of food waste were collected in the first two weeks of the new scheme alone.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for clean and green environment Jim Mason said: “The figures for the first two weeks of the scheme are very encouraging.

“Considering we have not had a food waste collection before, the amount being collected is staggering – it’s reassuring to know it is now being turned into compost rather than being sent to landfill.”

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