Recycling rates in Aylesbury Vale have more than doubled in the first year since a new collection scheme was introduced.
Households are now recycling 53% of the district’s waste, compared with 21% the previous year.
There’s also been a 36% fall in waste sent to landfill. That means that Aylesbury Vale residents have saved an extra 19,500 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill ( equivalent of the weight of 2,700 double decker buses).
In September 2012, Aylesbury Vale District Council introduced an ‘all-in-one’ recycling bin and weekly food waste collections. The blue lidded recycling bin is collected fortnightly on alternate weeks with the standard waste bin.
AVDC also introduced a paid-for garden waste collection service. There are currently 13,500 garden waste bins in use.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all our residents who have used their new bins and recycled so much over the past 12 months. Since we introduced the scheme a year ago, recycling rates have shot up from 21 per cent to 53 per cent, making us one of the top performing districts in the country.
“But we still have a long way to go. We need to continue to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and achieve our target to recycle 60 per cent of our household waste for the coming year.
“Looking to the future, we plan to increase our trade waste collections and to expand the garden waste collection scheme. We shall be looking at ideas for specialised collections such as medical waste and we shall consider the merits of various reward schemes.”
All recycling and waste information is at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/recycle