Worcestershire residents are each producing 527 kg of waste annually – less than the level specified in the county council’s targets for 2005/06.
While the local authority had aimed to achieve an average of 532 kg per person, the encouraging figure sets the area on the road to reaching the ultimate goal of 485 kg per person by 2008/09.
This good performance is attributed to an emphasis on partnership working with the district council’s, improved service provision and information at household waste sites.
Its waste services manager Ian Holebrook said: “We are delighted at the success we’ve had during 2005/06 and will be looking to drive down waste even harder over the next few years within our new and challenging Project 485 targets.
“Worcestershire County Council has developed great working relationships with the six district councils and this shows in the results – we’re all working as a team to make a county-wide difference.”
Other results for the county show an overall recycling rate of 31%, with household waste sites across the county recycling 55% of all waste processed.