Recycling rate on increase

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Keen recyclers in Fylde are now recycling 48 per cent of all household waste, giving the borough one of the highest rates in Lancashire.

The figures for April 2013 to April 2014 were calculated last week, and show a five per cent increase from 2012 when recycling boxes were replaced by bins.

Councillors are now aiming for a 50 per cent recycling target.

Coun Albert Pounder, Fylde Council cabinet member for Customer and Operational Services, said: “For some reason, recycling rates tend to fall in difficult economic times, so Fylde residents really deserve our thanks for their good work.

“It appears the new recycling bins have made a major impact, and that saves payments of Landfill Tax, and keeps the borough tidier as we no longer see the contents of recycling boxes and bags blowing around the streets in windy weather.

“We’re expecting many people to be holding parties and barbecues in the summer, especially in the World Cup season, and the size of the bins should make it easier to recycle.

“We want to get to 50 per cent in the coming years. People are already doing better than people in other boroughs and 50 per cent will make us one of the best in the country.”