What a load of rubbish is being recycled in Posset
By Prue_Reid | Friday, September 28, 2012, 13:23
Food, plastic and pieces of junk are no longer going into landfill in North Somerset as people go green.
The district council says more and more residents are recycling their rubbish which is fantastic news for the environment.
Last year 61.1 per cent recycled which compares with 58.7 per cent % in the same period last year.
The 12 month recycling rate now stands at 60.4 per cent and makes North Somerset the second best recycling unitary authority in the country.
The amount of residual waste generated per household amounted to 120 kgs - compared with 122 kgs for the same period last year.
And the proportion of waste sent to landfill was 23.2 per cent compared with 38.1 per cent last year.
This exceeded the target of 2 per cent.
This improvement was largely due to the council using New Earth Solutions mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant at Avonmouth for some residual waste.
The figures also show that missed collections are down to 80 per 100,000 for the first quarter, although the council is striving hard to bring this figure down to a challenging target of 51 per 100,000.
North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for waste services Peter Bryant said: "I want to thank residents for continuing to recycle so well.
"These are great figures but we all need to do more to tackle the waste we produce – it's the responsibility of all of us and those who don't recycle cost everyone else money."
The performance figures are for April to June in the first quarter of 2012-13 and show that the council is on course to meet its national and local performance targets.