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Recycling rockets thanks to new bin collection
1:40pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
RECYCLING rates in Northwich and Winsford are soaring thanks to a controversial new waste collection service.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) introduced the new collection at the beginning of June and have seen 70 per cent of all waste being sent for recycling.
This has seen the amount of rubbish sent to landfill fall by almost 40 per cent.
Clr Lynn Riley, CWAC’s executive member for community and environment, said: “The new Recycle First service, designed around what our residents told us was important to them, puts increasing recycling at the very heart of its designs.
“We knew that improving recycling rates would not only help us save more than £50 million over the life of the contract with May Gurney but could potentially make Cheshire West and Chester one of the best performing areas in the country.
“And the figures show exactly that – the new weekly kitchen waste collection has proved particularly popular, with high participation resulting in more than 200 tonnes of kitchen waste being collected for recycling already.”
The new system will be rolled out to Ellesmere Port and Neston this month and Chester in October.
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