Local Recycling Triples Over Last Five Years
Over £1million saved as less waste goes to landfill
Residents in Hounslow saved a £1.6m by recycling their waste in 2010 and avoiding landfill sites according to Hounslow Council. People in the borough are now recycling three times more than they were five years ago, and over 35% of all waste.
The figures were revealed at the council’s Nice Save campaign at the Civic Centre on Friday (14 October,) where staff were on hand to greet residents and offer information and access to the electric mobile recycling van currently travelling across London.
Recycling saves money because the average cost of processing a tonne of recycling is cheaper than the average cost of processing a tonne of rubbish sent to landfill. And the council can get money for every tonne of materials recycled.
The electric recycling van accepts coffee cups, news papers, plastic bottles and drinks cans, and has been travelling across London over the last few months, and in Hounslow on various occasions in the last few months.
Last year Londoners recycled around 1.6 million tonnes of household waste, which means that as a city, recycling prevented roughly a quarter of a million tonnes of harmful Co2 gases being released into the atmosphere.
Cllr Corinna Smart, Hounslow Council’s cabinet member for environment said:
“Last year Londoners saved £30m by recycling their waste, and in Hounslow the figure was an astonishing £1.6m.
“We are now recycling over 35% of all of the borough’s waste, and this means that the amount of rubbish that we throw into landfill is dropping; great news for the environment, but also it saves us money and helps us to provide more services as a council. That’s why it’s so important to continue to get this figure higher and ensure that we do all we can to recycle as much of our waste as possible.”
October 23, 2011