Cheshire East Council has said that it has almost eliminated the use of landfill for black bag waste.
It sent all residual waste to landfill in 2009, totalling 95,800 tonnes, but has now cut that to only 5% of the total. The remainder of this waste now goes to two energy-from-waste plants.
Don Stockton, cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said: “When you consider the journey that we have been on since the formation of this authority nine years ago, you can’t help but feel proud of what has been achieved.
“We are grateful to everybody in Cheshire East who chooses to recycle and reuse waste so that, together with this change away from landfill, we can positively impact our environment for generations for years to come.”
Meanwhile, Cheshire East’s arm’s-length company Ansa Environmental Services is due to take on waste collection and fleet management for neighbouring Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. It already provides services for another neighbour, High Peak Borough Council.