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Southend recycles more than half its waste
MORE than half of Southend’s rubbish has been recycled this year with the equivalent of 660 double-decker buses in weight saved from landfill in three months alone.
Southend Council is well on the way towards its target of recycling 60 per cent of the borough’s waste by 2015 with more than 10,000 tonnes of material recycled or composted between May and July.
Tony Cox, cabinet member for waste, said: “Congratulations to everyone for reaching this remarkable recycling total.
“So many of us have been recycling for years and these figures show that every envelope, plastic bottle or tin can really does add up and make a huge difference.”
The recycling rate in the borough has risen steadily from 34 per cent in 2007-08 to 47 per cent last financial year.
Most of the material was recycled by people using their pink recycling sacks for paper, cardboard, household plastic packaging, glass bottles and jars, cans and tins as well as their blue food waste bins for food waste such as vegetable and fruit peelings, plate scrapings and tea bags.
Residents are also using the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Stock Road, Southend, and Leigh Marshes to recycle their household electrical items, carpets, green waste and much more. Pink recycling sacks, blue food waste bins and the clear textile recycling sacks are collected every week from Southend households.
For more information visit www.southend.gov.uk/recycling.