Recycling officers and councillors are celebrating after new kerb-side recycling collections produced a huge increase in recycled material.
Residents in 6,000 households covering the Chigwell and Lambourne area where alternate collection of wheelie bins and recycling was introduced last month were asked to put all their recycling out for collection on Monday. Councillor Derek Jacobs, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council described the response by residents as fantastic. Dry recycling levels for material such as paper, tin cans and plastic bottles increased by more than 11 tonnes over the previous collection. Glass recycling doubled.
Councillor Jacobs said: Judging from the amounts of recycling put out for collection this week, most people have embraced the new collection arrangements. Where households might have put out one or two bags of recycling before, we are now seeing three or four bags. If other areas follow the lead taken by Chigwell and Lambourne residents, we will be cutting the amount of waste sent to landfill by thousands of tonnes every year. That is fantastic news for the environment.
Councillor Jacobs added: It was to be expected that a small number of people would put out wheelie bins or black sacks of rubbish for collection but we hope they will soon get used to the new arrangements too. As most residents have demonstrated, if you are serious about recycling as much as possible, the new system works.
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