Recycling rates in North Somerset continue to increase
By Prue_Reid | Friday, September 28, 2012, 09:25
RECYCLING rates across North Somerset are continuing to rise - with people now recycling 61.1 per cent of their waste.
The latest figures compare with residents recycling 58.7per cent of their waste in the same period last year - making North Somerset the second best unitary authority for recycling in the country.
The amount of residual waste generated per household amounted to 120 kgs, compared with 122 kgs for the same period last year.
The proportion of waste sent to landfill was 23.2%, compared with 38.1% last year, exceeding the target of 25%.
Council chiefs say the improvement is largely down to the authority using the New Earth Solutions mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Avonmouth for some residual waste.
The figures also show that missed collections are down to 80 per 100,000 for the first quarter, although still way off the authority's own target of 51 per 100,000.
The figures collected relate to between April and June this year - the first quarter of 2102/13.
North Somerset Council executive member for waste services, Councillor Peter Bryant, said: "These are great figures but we all need to do more to tackle the waste we produce - it's the responsibility of all of us and those who don't recycle cost everyone else money."