Cotswold District Council says that its recycling rate soared by 30% in the first week of its new waste collection service run by waste management firm Sita.
Last week the council collected more than 140 tonnes of recyclables compared to just over 110 tonnes under the old service during the previous fortnight.
The new service involves the weekly collection of food waste and garden waste for composting with all other collections operating on a fortnightly basis, including residual wastes, dry recyclables in kerbside boxes, and card and cardboard in reusable blue sacks. Portfolio holder for the environment councillor Mark Tufnell said: The overriding aim of the new service is to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill sites and to increase the amount of waste we recycle, so these initial figures are hugely encouraging.
Residents showed great patience and tolerance when the introduction of the service was delayed and there are bound to be some initial teething problems while we all adjust to the changes. However, I think these figures show just how much the district will benefit from the new service in the long term.
A Sita spokeswoman added: We are delighted that local householders have embraced the new service. We have worked hard with our client Cotswold District Council to deliver a service which allows householders more opportunity to recycle their waste. Cotswold District Council, like any other council, have some tough recycling targets to achieve, so, these initial results are encouraging.