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Northumberland increases its recycling rates

Northumberland County Council has reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill to 11.5 per cent and increased its recycling rates.

Latest figures show that the amount of waste sent to landfill in the six months from April to September 2009 is just one fifth of that landfilled in the same period the previous year.

The figures also show that the county recycles 42.1 per cent of its household waste compared to 41.9 per cent the previous year.

Northumberland County Council executive member for the environment Alan Thompson said: This is great news, and it is important to see that the recycling rate across the county has gone up at the same time, which shows that the residents are still playing their part by recycling as much as possible. Our investment in energy from waste is already substantially cutting the amount of waste we send to landfill, and our aim is to do even better in the years to come.

Waste firm Sita UK handles the countys waste. Last year, Sita extended its energy-from-waste plant in the county and it will handle Northumberlands waste until 2035.

Sita UK Northumberland regional manager Richard Hinchcliffe said: By increasing recycling rates and introducing energy from waste, Northumberland County Council is showing that a good mix of recycling and waste management technologies do work well together.

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