Authorities celebrate recycling landmarks

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LOCAL authorities in the Advertiser and Review region are celebrating their improvements to the recycling regime.

Staff at the Northants County Council household waste recycling centre in Towcester are celebrating after they achieved the highest percentage of waste diverted from landfill in the three months from July to September 2011, out of the ten sites across the county.

Meanwhile Cherwell District Council is celebrating two years of food waste collection which has seen around 8,000 tonnes of scrap food diverted away from landfill. Bicester and Banbury both joined the scheme in March last year and flats across the district came onboard in August 2010.

James Macnamara, CDC’s member for environment, said: “With a saving of £37 per tonne of food waste diverted from landfill, that’s £296,000 taxpayers have saved themselves in the past two years.

“There is still plenty of food going in with the general waste and it is clear to see why we would encourage people to make sure it is recycled instead.”

CDC will provide advice and a kitchen caddy to help boost food waste recycling by emailing customer.service@cherwell-dc.gov.uk or calling 01295 227003.

Last Friday staff at the NCC site in Old Greens Norton Road, Towcester were presented with a quarterly award after diverting a massive 80 per cent of the household waste they handle away from landlfil.

Ben Smith, NCC’s member for environment said: “I am impressed with the continual progress of all the household waste recycling centres in Northants and would particularly like to congratulate the staff and operatives at Towcester for all their hard work and achievement in this obtaining this award. I’d also like to thank the residents of Northants for using all the household waste recycling centres and recycling more than ever.”

For more information on Northants recycling visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/hwrc.