Residents praised as recycling soars

The Bulky Matters team load up the lorry.
The Bulky Matters team load up the lorry.
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Blackpool residents are officially going green – after new figures revealed people in the town are recycling more than ever before.

New statistics released by Blackpool Council show that amount of household rubbish that gets recycled has risen to 39.6 per cent – up 1.4 per cent on last year.

Around 25,000 tonnes of waste – the equivalent of 10 Blackpool Towers – is now being reused, recycled or composted, the findings reveal.

The council has welcomed an upward trend in the amount of waste being saved from going to landfill sites.

The amount of waste being recycled, at the Global Renewables centre in Thornton, has soared since 2005, when the figure was just 17.8 per cent.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing, public protection and street scene, said: “These new figures make excellent reading.

“We are continuously looking at ways that we can make Blackpool greener and more eco-friendly and I’m delighted that residents are buying in to that message.

“Rather than just dumping their rubbish, Blackpool locals are taking the time to look after the environment and separate their waste to make sure that it can be recycled.

“We all need to do our bit to reduce the waste that goes to landfill and I’m proud that our residents are taking the lead to make Blackpool a greener place.”

The figures also show more than 100 tonnes of bulky waste have been recycled in the past 12 months, with more than half of it being reused in the local area.

Just 12 per cent of recycled material is green garden waste and so the council said this means the amounts of paper, bottles and cans being recycled by the public is an even greater achievement.

The Bulky Matters partnership (main picture) launched in 2009 to bring large items, such as sofas and beds, back into use for the community.

To order a bulky collection, residents can ring (01253) 477477, with prices starting from £18 for the removal of three items.

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