Colchester is leading the way when it comes to recycling, recent figures from the government show the borough had the country's third largest increase in household recycling rates last year.
Colchester achieved a recycling rate of 55%, a 9% increase from the previous year and 10% above the official recycling rate for England in 2017.
The Borough Council says it made changes to waste collections in June 2017 which boosted recycling rates and reduced the amount of rubbish sent to landfill
The changes included limiting households to three black bags a fortnight or one black wheelie bin for non-recyclable rubbish, with collections switching from a weekly to a two-weekly cycle. Food waste collections have remained weekly.
I’m incredibly pleased and proud of residents and staff for all their hard work increasing recycling in the borough and reducing the rubbish that’s sent to landfill. Since the collection changes were introduced last year, the borough’s recycling rates are going from strength to strength. There is still always more we can do and we’re continuously looking for ways to increase recycling and reduce waste and in recent months, we’ve introduced plastic recycling facilities to over 7,000 flats.”
Councillor Martin Goss