More waste goes to landfill
● 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