Recently added to the South Northamptonshire Council waste and recycling page of its website is a simple but effective 'thank you' to its householders:
"South Northamptonshire Council collects rubbish and recycling from over 37,000 households. We would like to thank everybody in the District for making the recycling scheme so successful. In the last year we recycled 60% of all the waste collected and sent less rubbish to landfill than ever before."
South Northamptonshire council is reporting its highest recycling collection figures since its current collections regime began, for the start of 2016/17.
According to the council a recycling and composting rate of over 60% has been achieved in the borough so far for 2016/17 an improvement on its 59% total recycling and composting figure recorded in 2015/16.
The biggest improvement has been the 281 tonnes of food waste collected during January 2017, a 47 tonne increase on the January 2016 figure of 234 tonnes, it has claimed. The council also collected 960 tonnes of recycling from blue bins this January, compared to 918 tonnes during January 2016.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services said: “I’d like to thank residents for the enthusiasm they have shown in support of our goals to drive down costs and reduce the district’s environmental impact.
“Because residents are careful when recycling, the number of items that shouldn’t be there is very low. But the evidence shows that it is possible to recycle or compost up to 80 per cent of waste from the average home and we will seek to continually improve our collection rate.”