Changes to Coventry’s bin collections has seen a dramatic rise in recycling rates and a drop in the amount of rubbish being sent to the Waste to Energy plant.
Recycling rates – the rubbish collected in the blue-lidded and brown-lidded bins – have soared by more than 15 per cent since the collection changes in September last year.
The increase from 22.4% up to 38.5% has coincided with a drop in the amount of rubbish that normally is sent to the incinerator compared to the same period 12 months ago.
The last six months has seen 2,019 tonnes less collected and sent to the Waste to Energy plant – or a reduction of around 200 bin lorry loads.
Councillor Jayne Innes, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Services, believes the figures justify the changes to the service.
She said: “The changes were introduced to save £1 million a year to use that money to protect services to the most vulnerable – decisions we are having to make due to the unprecedented cuts to our funding from central government.
“But we can clearly see that the changes to our waste collection have really encouraged lots of people to think a bit more carefully about what they are putting in their bins.
“It seems people are also looking more closely at labels to see what can be recycled rather than just putting everything into their general waste bins.
“Of course, we’ve also introduced food caddies, which are a really handy way of getting into composting or separating out your food waste to go into your brown bin as well as the option of putting it into green bins.
“The figures show great progress for the city, but I want to encourage everyone to keep taking just a few seconds of their day to sort and recycle their waste wherever they can as more recycling and less incineration has to be better for everyone.”
In total, Coventry City Council’s Waste Services make a total of 10,800,000 collections each year, or 900,000 collections each month.
To find out more about bin collections in Coventry, visit: www.coventry.gov.uk/bins.