More waste goes to land­fill

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● HAL­TON sent more waste to land­fill last year as it gen­er­ated slightly less rub­bish over­all.

Of­fice For Na­tional Sta­tis­tics data re­vealed that the bor­ough pro­duced 59,247 tonnes in to­tal in 2017-18, down from 61,616 tonnes the year be­fore.

The pro­por­tion that was re­cy­cled or com­posted re­mained steady at around 44%, and the ton­nage sent for en­ergy-from-waste in­cin­er­a­tion fell from 46.3% to 44.8% over the same pe­riod.

The bor­ough sent 6,460 tonnes of rub­bish to land­fill (10.9%), up from 5,318 tonnes (8.6%) in 2016-17 – but still way down on the 10,561 tonnes land­filled (17.1%) in 2014-15.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil de­fended its re­cy­cling record in Oc­to­ber af­ter the BBC iden­ti­fied it as one of the worst-per­form­ing ar­eas for re­cy­cling rates, only of­fer­ing a ser­vice for four types of plas­tic com­pared to other ar­eas, many of which han­dle 15 va­ri­eties.

The lo­cal author­ity cited cost and its joint con­tracted ser­vice as part of the Liver­pool City Re­gion and Mersey­side Re­cy­cling And Waste Author­ity as the rea­sons for more lim­ited re­cy­cling ser­vice.

Land­fill use has risen for waste in Hal­ton

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