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Published Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Enfield wins £2.4million to extend a weekly organic waste collection service to all properties (including flats) and supporting weekly residual waste collection services across the borough.

Enfield Council has been awarded a government grant of £2.46 million, after pledging to maintain residual weekly collection and provide an organic waste collection service to support its weekly bin collections.

The borough won the money after submitting a bid to the Weekly Collection Support Scheme for government cash, to improve its refuse and recycling services by expanding its organic waste collection service to all properties, including flats and estates.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Its fantastic news that we are able to expand our food waste service thanks in part to this government grant, we already provide an excellent service to residents and this scheme will enable us to increase our recycling rates still further.  

"We are already saving £1million a year by increasing our recycling rates and diverting waste away from landfill, therefore paying less in expensive landfill taxes and we hope to increase our recycling rates and reduce our costs further in the future."

Enfield Council has just completed a project to provide more than 80,000 households in Enfield with wheeled bins to separate their refuse and recycling, the scheme has seen recycling rates increase from 27% to 40% and also seen a significant reduction in littering because refuse is now stored securely before collection rather than contained in plastic bags which had a tendency to split and spread their rubbish across the road and pavement.

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