Recycling rates in West Cheshire have rocketed since the Councils new ‘Recycle First’ service began just over a year ago – with 56 percent of all household waste collected now being recycled.
Not only has this reduced the amount of waste being sent to landfill, it also equates to a CO2 saving of over 31 million kilograms – the equivalent of taking almost 20,000 family cars off the road for an entire year.
Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities, has expressed her thanks to the borough’s residents and waste collection staff for their efforts to ensure that the new service was introduced and up and running as smoothly as possible.
And as part of plans to ensure residents can understand and monitor the new service every step of the way the Council is launching a new website – http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/recyclefirst
The website allows residents to understand all aspects of the new service, including following the recycling journey, accessing statistics on how the service is performing and the work going on in schools to help promote the recycling message.
Councillor Riley said: “Thank you to everyone who is supporting this new service, to have achieved such a high level of recycling in the first year is a testament to the good will and community spirit of people in West Cheshire.
“Setting up a brand new service, which caters for 326,000 residents, was never going to be easy and Recycle First has required significant change for both householders and May Gurneys collection teams. I would like to let everyone know that these efforts have not gone unnoticed and have helped us achieve a fantastic recycling performance of 56 percent.
“We knew that improving recycling rates would not only help us save more than £50 million over the life of the contract with May Gurney, but could potentially make Cheshire West and Chester one of the best performing areas in the country – and the first years results have shown that we are well on our way to doing exactly that.”