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‘Three-weekly bin collections working’

Created on 29/11/2017 @ 09:59
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Introducing three-weekly collection for generic rubbish has resulted in Powys becoming the leading recycling carbon-saving council in all of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The controversial move has seen us increase our year-on-year improvement carbon saved per person from 103kg in 2014/15 to 130kg in the last financial year.

The council has topped Eunomia’s Local Authority Recycling Carbon Index, achieving a carbon saving of 130kg per person in 2015/16.

Eunomia’s index calculates the amount of carbon dioxide emissions prevented as a result of local residents’ recycling efforts.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “To be the leading recycling carbon-saving council in all of England, Northern Ireland and Wales is a great achievement. I would like to thank our residents for helping us get to this top spot, we couldn’t have done it without them.

“By recycling more items, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced.

“Eunomia specifically noted that the move to three-weekly residual collections in late 2015 has made a significant impact and helped us reach the top of this index. In 2015/16, an extra 10kg of plastic and an extra 5kg of metal was collected per person, resulting in a total saving of 130kg of carbon saved per person.

“However, we know that we can recycle more. A Welsh Government waste composition analysis showed that one third of waste in the black wheeled bin could be recycled.

“If householders recycle everything that they can by using their recycling boxes and food caddy, then they are reducing the amount of waste they are putting in their wheeled bin. By doing this, not only are householders helping us meet Welsh Government recycling targets but they are also helping our environment.”

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