Residents Cut Landfill Refuse By 25%

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Chigwell and Lambourne residents cut the amount of waste they sent for landfill disposal by 25 per cent in the first three weeks of the new refuse and recycling scheme. Wheelie bin collections averaged approximately 16.5 tonnes less per week compared with the black sack collection service. Projected across a year that could equate to a reduction of 858 tonnes of landfill waste for this small area alone.

At the same time, Chigwell and Lambourne residents have approximately doubled glass recycling for the area, up by 3.5 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes per collection and increased dry recycling levels by 11 tonnes to 35 tonnes, an increase of 46 per cent.

Now that it is up and running in Chigwell and Lambourne, there can be no doubt that the introduction of the new refuse and recycling service really works, said Councillor Derek Jacobs, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council.

He continued: This is the best possible news. I would like to thank everyone in Chigwell and Lambourne for the incredibly positive way they have embraced the new scheme. If the rest of the district follows the lead set by residents of Chigwell and Lambourne, this district will make spectacular reductions on landfill reliance. The environmental benefits are huge as well as the potential savings to local taxpayers as we avoid the projected increases in landfill tax.

While limits are placed on the amount of rubbish Epping Forest District Council will collect in wheelie bins, it has promised to take unlimited quantities of household recycling.

Councillor Derek Jacobs continued: For most people, there should be plenty of room in the wheelie bins for any waste left over after recycling. Only by placing a physical limit on the amount of non-recycling waste that people put out can we be sure of making massive cuts in the volume of waste disposed of in landfill.

Waste Management Officers have visited a small number of residents who said they could not manage to fit all their waste in their wheelie bins. Councillor Jacobs said: We have been to people`s homes and gone through their rubbish with them. After you separate out all your glass bottles and jars, paper, card, plastic bottles and tin cans for recycling, most people have very little rubbish left for their wheelie bins. However, there are also obviously exceptions and we are happy to help where we find genuine need.

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