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Pork pie council claims it is hitting 55% recycling rate

It may be famous for pork pies, but Melton in Leicestershire could soon be just as well know for its recycling rate.

The council is claiming that its residents could be recycling as much as 55% of their waste after introducing a twin wheelie bin and recycling box collection scheme along with its contractor Verdant. Although, the council expects this figure to drop in winter as it is currently boosted by green waste collection.

Verdant recycling education officer Paul Coates said: "Weekly recycling rates in April and May have ranged between 45% and 55%, boost by the significant volumes of green materials generated during spring and summer. Once the current high volume of green materials falls later in the summer, we estimate the borough's recycling rate will settle at around 45%."

The council isn't resting on its laurels and has put forward an application to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to launch a 'Recyclotto' draw that would randomly each month give one household that recycles £1,000. It is seeking £20,000 funding for the initiative.

And both Paul Coates and colleague Karen Page are jumping in on the latest internet craze by writing blogs about their efforts to increase recycling in the area. Visit www.verdant-group.co.uk to see what they have to say.

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