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Residents break recycling record

Published Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Environmentally friendly residents in Enfield have smashed the record for the most green waste collected in seven days.

Not only has the borough recorded the biggest ever collection of green waste in a day - 164 tonnes on May 28, but it also recorded the biggest ever weekly figure of 646 tonnes, compared with a previous best of 550.

Welcoming the news, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Our residents care about the environment and work incredibly hard with us to recycle as much as they possibly can.

"We are doing everything we can to make it easy for people to recycle and our latest figures show that our investment in new wheeled bins for residents across the borough, and our decision to retain weekly waste and recycling collections is paying off.

"But we aren't complacent, we want to continue to increase our recycling rates and we'd urge residents to carry on their good work so we can continue to reap the benefits of diverting waste from landfill and protect the environment."

The increase in green waste collections comes as Enfield Council approaches the end of the fourth phase of rolling out wheeled bins in the borough, bringing the total number of bins delivered to just over 200,000.

So far the impact of the new wheeled bin roll out has seen recycling rates increase to an estimated 35% from 32.4% last year and saved the Council £1 million in landfill fees because of increased recycling rates.

The wheeled bins have also cut litter levels on some streets by up to 60%, allowing the council to save a further £250,000 on street sweeping costs because streets with wheeled bins have significantly less litter than those using bags which are more liable to have litter blown out of them.

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