Award for council recycling scheme

Cllr Sue Renshell from Great Horwood with one of the new AVDC recycling bins
Cllr Sue Renshell from Great Horwood with one of the new AVDC recycling bins

A substantial increase in the numbers of people who recycle has helped Aylesbury Vale District Council win a national award.

The council said it scooped the ‘much coveted’ Local Authority Team of the Year prize at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Celebration Awards,

The district’s overall recycling rate has more than doubled over the past 12 months following the launch of a new recycling and waste collection scheme.

Since the launch of the scheme in September 2012, recycling rates in the Vale have increased from 21 per cent to 53 per cent and there’s been a 39 per cent decrease in waste sent to landfill. Residents are now able to recycle all food waste and a greater range of materials.

A new garden waste collection scheme was also introduced and so far more than 13,000 customers have signed up to receive this service.

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “Many congratulations to the team.

“Together they have worked really hard to bring about big changes to the service which have helped us to achieve efficiencies and improve the service.

“We’re very proud of what they’ve achieved and they deserve this recognition. We would also like to thank our residents for their co-operation with the new recycling and waste collections.”