Fortnightly bin collection sees huge rise in recycling

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Homeowners in Harrogate have recycled so much in the last seven months that it has saved the council £50,000 in landfill tax savings alone.

Since 16,000 households moved to the fortnightly bin collections last year, district waste sent to be buried has reduced by 6.5 per cent, and recycling of paper, glass and cans, has reportedly rise by nearly seven per cent.

This, said a spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council, has earned it £40,000 to offset the cost of the waste collection service.

The service is now set to be rolled out across the district, as the council anticipates further benefits.

Councillor Phil Ireland, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “These figures are really encouraging especially as homes in first phase of the new service cover just 23 per cent of the district. We are now recycling 36 per cent of our household waste and our target by 2014 is over 40 per cent.

“The team is now working on the second phase with a further 10,000 properties moving to the new collection service from 13 May this year. We hope to have the whole district included by September this year, apart from a small number of properties not suitable for the new scheme.”

Letters will be sent to the next 10,000 homes this week to explain when their wheelie bins will arrive and to give them full details of the new service.

“We have made a number of improvements to the service,” added Councillor Ireland. “We will be operating a Bank Holiday catch up service for both household waste and recycling, and residents can now recycle plastic bottles and card.”

Residents can check their recycling collection days at www.harrogate.gov.uk.