Recycling rates double following collection change

Cllr Sue Renshell with one of the new AVDC recycling bins
Cllr Sue Renshell with one of the new AVDC recycling bins

Recycling rates in Aylesbury Vale have more than doubled in the year since a new £1.3 million collection system was introduced.

Aylesbury Vale District Council says households are now recycling 53% of the district’s waste, compared with 21% last year.

There’s also been a 36% fall in the amount of waste sent to landfill, saving an extra 19,500 tonnes of rubbish ending up in landfill – the equivalent of the weight of 2,700 double decker buses.

In September 2012,the council introduced an ‘all-in-one’ recycling bin and weekly food waste collections. The blue lidded recycling bin is collected fortnightly on alternate weeks with the standard waste bin.

It also introduced a paid-for garden waste collection service. There are currently 13,500 garden waste bins in use.

The district council performed terribly in the most recent 2011/12 recycling league tables, coming 280 out of 352 local authorities, but it hopes to move into the top 50 when they are published in the winter.

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, cabinet ember for environment and health, said: “We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our residents who have used their new bins and recycled so much over the past 12 months.

“Since we introduced the scheme a year ago, recycling rates have shot up from 21% to 53%, making us one of the top performing districts in the country.

“But we still have a long way to go.

“We need to continue to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and achieve our target to recycle 60% of our household waste for the coming year.”