Monday, 20 February 2012

Cardiff's recycling rate surges past 50%

Cardiff Council is setting the pace with its recycling programme and is surging through the 50% barrier in terms of the percentage municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling being collected for recycling or composting. These excellent figures look set to exceed Welsh Government (WG) targets in the coming year with Cardiff becoming a leading recycling city.

The local authority has consistently improved the rate of MSW it has collected for recycling in the last 2 years, and since the switch to a weekly recycling and food waste collection service in September the rate has risen 12% compared to the same quarter last year.

Prior to the introduction of weekly recycling and food waste collections in September last year recycling rates had improved steadily from last year’s figure of 42%, but since the new service changes were implemented the Council is delighted to report that the recycling rate for the last three months of 2011 has soared to 54%.

This is an excellent achievement and the response from Cardiff residents has been fantastic. Residents have never had a better opportunity to recycle and compost the waste they produce, and the Council is grateful to them for the enthusiastic way they have embraced the authority’s sustainable vision.

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Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Jones, said, “This is a very significant achievement for Cardiff Council and its residents and we’re delighted with the progress made so far. As well as achieving sustainability goals it also decreases the future cost of landfill tax and landfill allowance scheme penalties as well as recycling fines that could otherwise rapidly accumulate to millions of pounds over a few years. I thank the residents of Cardiff for working with us to make the recycling collection changes such a success. The results are fantastic so far, and I hope we can all work together to ensure we keep improving and building on this excellent set of figures.”

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