Residents thanked for recycling efforts

At least 58% of household waste collected in the week after Christmas was recycled, Uttlesford District Council can confirm. This was about 8% more than average.

With more people staying at home more and changing their buying habits, the crews also saw a big increase in the amount of waste produced in the build-up to Christmas.

Changes were made to the usual bin schedule over the festive period to overcome some operational issues and ensure that the collection crews could enjoy a well-earned rest. During the catch-up period the crews worked hard to collect over 275 tonnes of food waste and just over 700 tonnes of recyclable materials.

Since the first national lockdown in March 2020, the nature and volume of waste produced has changed, with notable increases in the amount of glass and cardboard being presented for collection. Like other areas, Uttlesford has seen growth in the overall amount of waste being produced.

Cllr Louise Pepper, Uttlesford District Council's Portfolio Holder for Green Issues, said: "It was a great team effort by residents and the hard-working collections crews following the Christmas period, and my thanks goes to them all.

"However, we must keep up our efforts to reduce what we throw away as individuals and households and recycle or re-use whatever we can."

In the last financial year, the latest period for when annual data is available, Uttlesford residents recycled the largest percentage of 'dry' recycling - such as cardboard, cans, glass, paper and plastics - in Essex, ensuring that just over half the waste produced was recycling or composted.

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1 February 2021