Council is top 10 in country

PUBLISHED: 10:43 04 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

Uttlesford recycles more than 50 per cent of its waste

Uttlesford recycles more than 50 per cent of its waste

A DRAMATIC increase in the number of households recycling could see Uttlesford District Council named as one of the 10 greenest local authorities in the whole country. Early figures, which are yet to be audited by the Department for Environment, Food and

A DRAMATIC increase in the number of households recycling could see Uttlesford District Council named as one of the 10 greenest local authorities in the whole country.

Early figures, which are yet to be audited by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, show the district's recycling rate was 50.1 per cent in November which is a doubling of the 25 per cent rate achieved in 2005/06 that placed them 200th in the table.

UDC's waste and recycling officer Russell Clark, said: "If this figure remains constant or improves, we stand a good chance of making the top 10 for the 2006/07 league table.

"Our target in 2005/06 was 30 per cent and we achieved a rate of 25.6 per cent, placing us in 200th position on Defra's collection and disposal local authority league table out of 396 councils in England.

"Uttlesford residents are diverting more and more waste from landfill than ever before and like North Kesteven, St Edmundsbury and four others in the current top 10, we have introduced a three wheelie bin recycling scheme."

Cllr Alan Thawley, chairman of UDC's environment committee, said residents were showing their commitment to going green.

"Uttlesford residents have shown they really care about their environment by doubling their recycling from last year," he said.

"I have no doubt that they will keep this up and put Uttlesford safely into the top 10 recycling districts. I wish them a very good recycling New Year."

Two-thirds of local authorities in England met or exceeded their household recycling targets for 2005/06.

Audited figures on household recycling and composting rates show 261 authorities met or exceeded their individual targets and 53 per cent of these met or exceeded the national target of 25 per cent. These figures confirm recycling has almost quadrupled since 1997.

Mr Clark added: "It's very encouraging to see recycling is increasing throughout England.

"We still have so much more to do to reach a national 40 per cent recycling rate by

2010 and local authorities underachieving need adequate support and funding to reach what may seem like unobtainable targets."

Environment minister Ben Bradshaw said recycling rates across the country were good, but patchy.

"This is a fantastic achievement by householders and local authorities as recycling is a vital part of our battle against dangerous climate change," he said.

"The emission saved by current levels of recycling is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off our roads.

"However, performance is still far too patchy with some local authorities recycling more than 50 per cent while some are still down in the low teens.

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