Report this comment
  • "
    the citizen wrote:
    Southend have been running a 4 "bag/bin" system. Recycling (mixed) - Normal - Food - Garden. And they manage to do this EVERY week. Well done Southend. Hope this doesn't change under the new coalition.
    their recycling rate however, is much lower at 48%. You also have to pay extra to have your garden waste collected in bags, only taking it to the tip is free.

    i live in southend and the service suits me (as a single householder i could cope with food waste every week and everything fornightly) & good list of items you can recycle - but their rate being that much lower will be costing Southend money in landfill costs so it's not really well done to them, or rather its not well done to residents who obviously arent as up for getting involved, amongst other reasons that are more complicated i'm sure (i live in a block of 5 flats and no one else recycles and put out several black bags a week, i put out 1 every fortnight)"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate

Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate

Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate

First published in News

ROCHFORD District Council’s high recycling rates were celebrated on BBC television this morning.

The local authority has been the best recycler in the country for three of the last four years, with 66.82 per cent of all waste recycled in 2012/13.

Richard Evans, the council’s head of environmental services, took to the famous BBC Breakfast sofa to discuss how to reduce the 100,000 of contaminated recycling that ends up in landfill each year.

He shared how the Rochford District achieve their chart-topping recycling rates.

Mr Evans said: “Basically it is about making the scheme as sharp as we can make it and we work very closely with our contractors.

“It’s about trying to make the scheme simple, people don’t want to think about their bins all the time.”

In 2008 the council’s recycling rate was just 19.4 per cent, meaning a near50 per cent increase in recycled waste in just five years, thanks to the new, simple, three-bin system.

Council portfolio holder for the environment, Ian Ward, said: “Rochford District is leading the way when it comes to recycling, and hopefully this national coverage will mean that others can follow in our footsteps.

“The beauty of our recycling scheme is in its simplicity and I think residents appreciate that. Without them buying into the scheme it simply wouldn’t work – so I’d like to thank our residents for all their recycling efforts.”

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree