Changes to household bin collections in Daventry District helped boost recycling rates in the first year of operation, latest figures have revealed.
A total of 2,328 tonnes of food waste was collected for recycling between the launch of the 123+ service in June 2018 and the end of May this year – an 85% increase on the 12-month period leading up to the new service.
At the same time people also recycled 8,298 tonnes of cans, glass, paper and plastic in their blue lidded bins, which is a 35% increase.
There has also been a 25% reduction in the amount of rubbish being put in the black bins for disposal – from 16,081 tonnes down to 12,065 tonnes.
The 123+ waste and recycling collections were introduced on 4 June and are run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services.
Under the service, residents receive a weekly food waste collection, a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a blue-lidded wheelie bin, and a general waste black bin collection every three weeks.
Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.
Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.
Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These are excellent results which really show how making small individual adjustments to our recycling habits can add up and bring significant environmental benefits
“I would like to thank all of our residents for their support in our efforts to increase our District’s recycling performance, and I look forward to an even better set of results next year.”
People can find out more about recycling services in the District at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling