Yorkshire and Humber has challenged perceptions that it lags behind other regions as it unveiled above average glass recycling rates.
Figures released by Resources Efficiency Yorkshire (REY) showed increases in glass recycling as well as authority rates well above the national average.
Individual local authorities achieved the highest levels. For example Ryedale District Council collected 70kg of glass per household in 2006/07, while Craven District Council collected 67kg per household in 2006/07. These results both beat the national average of 45kg. North Yorkshire County Council was also above average with 46kg.
REY programme director Andy Hartley said: Some of the regional authorities are performing against some of the best in the country. The perception is that Yorkshire and Humber has been behind the rest of the country. But we have made good progress and this is represented by the high rates of the individual authorities.
Hartley explained that REY had played its part in boosting commercial and industrial glass collections. But he added that a range of contributory factors had driven up rates: Local authorities are increasing their collections by expanding infrastructure with more bring banks and kerbside collections. Communications with householders have helped to encourage more recycling. Campaigns from Recycle Now and the Waste & Resources Action Programme are also playing their part at a national level.
REY is planning further rises in glass recycling by working with Scarborough Council to increase the number of mini recycling centres to 75. It is also working on a flagship policy by Liberal Democrat controlled Sheffield City Council to introduce a separate kerbside collection service for glass containers.