Cheshire East is one of the best-performing boroughs in the north west when it comes to recycling, with over half of all household waste collected now being either recycled, reused or composted.
The latest figures, which cover 2011/2012, show that 52.9 per cent of household waste was recycled – up from 49 per cent the previous year.
The impressive figures are largely down to the introduction of the ‘all-in-one’ silver bin system, that was rolled out across Cheshire East in 2011.
The new system simplifies recycling for residents by asking them to place all recyclables in one bin. This is collected fortnightly, with residual household waste collections the alternate week.
Cheshire East is now the second best-performing authority in the region for recycling and it comes in the top 50 nationally.
Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “These figures are excellent news and I would like to thank residents for working with us to make Cheshire East a cleaner and greener place to live.
“We will not be resting on our laurels and will continue our efforts to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and improve our recycling rate further.”
And there’s still time to let us know what you are doing to reduce, reuse, recycle by entering the Cheshire East recycling family of the year competition.
To enter, people just need to explain in 150 words what makes their family the recycling champions of Cheshire East. It could include tips for making tasty meals from leftovers or novel ways or recycling
The winner will receive a 12-month family pass to all Cheshire East Council’s leisure centres, with six runners up getting a family pass to the Magic of Beatrix Potter, at Tatton Park.
To enter, send an email with your name, address and telephone number (along with your 150 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for entries is January 18, 2013.
For more information on exactly what can be recycled please visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling