Rutland is seventh-best county in England for recycling

Recycling in Rutland. EMN-141216-143841001
Recycling in Rutland. EMN-141216-143841001

The county council has thanked people for doing their bit to recycle after it was rated seventh-best authority in the country.

More than 60 per cent of all household waste in Rutland was recycled in 2013/2014, according to figures published in the Government’s WasteDataFlow database.

As a result. Rutland County Council has risen three places in the national league table for household recycling and composting, having been ranked 10th in the country in 2012/13.

Portfolio holder for the environment Martyn Pocock (Con) said: “The whole community can be proud of the excellent take-up of the council’s recycling services. Recycling is not only good for the environment but is also financially beneficial. Every tonne of waste we don’t recycle costs us money so it’s important we keep this to a minimum.

“To be ranked seventh out of more than 300 local authorities in England is a real achievement and we’re confident we can climb even further up the league table with continued help from local people.”

Rutlanders can recycle all types of paper, card, plastic packaging, metal packaging, batteries and cartons in their grey bins. Black plastic, bubble wrap, crisp bags, sweet wrappers and polystyrene cannot be recycled, and residents are asked not wrap or bag recycling this makes it difficult to process.

To deal with the extra waste created during the Christmas period, the council will provide residents with an extra blue bag for additional recycling and a pink bag for additional household waste.

These will be picked up as part of the first waste collection after Christmas. Any other waste placed outside of bins will not be collected and bin lids must be fully closed.

Christmas trees can be recycled at either of the county’s civic amenity sites in Cottesmore and North Luffenham.