Re­cy­cling rates hit a record high

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

RE­CY­CLING rates in Rochdale are at record lev­els.

House­holds in the bor­ough are now re­cy­cling al­most 60 per cent of their waste.

Coun­cil chiefs say it’s been driven by in­creased num­bers of res­i­dents putting food waste in their brown bin or caddy rather than the gen­eral dark green waste bin, fol­low­ing a cam­paign earlier in the year. Re­cy­cling rates of food and gar­den waste has in­creased by 30 per cent on last year.

Coun Neil Em­mott, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for hous­ing and en­vi­ron­ment, said: “What an achieve­ment for our bor­ough.

“We’re de­lighted that res­i­dents are con­tin­u­ing to em­brace re­cy­cling in this way and re­ally look­ing to work along­side us to cre­ate a cleaner, greener bor­ough.”

Just three years ago Rochdale was one of the worst per­form­ing bor­ough’s in the North West with a re­cy­cling rate av­er­ag­ing just 37pc.

But the bor­ough is now one of top five in the re­gion.

●●Evi­ron­ment chief Coun Neil Em­mott hailed the fig­ures

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