City breaks recycling record with all-time high

For the first time, Leeds residents have recycled more than half their rubbish.

The 50% barrier was broken in June when recycling rates hit an all-time high.

By making the most of green recycling bins, brown garden bins and recycling points and centres, 52% of waste from across the city was recycled; the highest ever for a single month.

The record-busting performance takes the city’s overall recycling rate for 2013/14 so far to just over 47%.

This means that an awesome 7,000 tonnes less waste has been sent to landfill so far compared to the previous year.

The news follows a recent report to the council’s executive board which highlights the success of the first phase of the new bin service.

With more frequent green bin collections, over 56,000 residents recycled 43% more than in the same period in the previous year.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said:

“We’re over the moon with these recycling figures. It shows that our strategy and the services we’ve put in place to help people recycle as much as possible are paying off.

“Breaking the 50% threshold is a clear indication that we’re on the right track to reach our target of recycling 55% by 2016.

“It wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of residents and our staff so a huge thanks to everyone for their continued efforts and support.”


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