Thanks to the recycling efforts of residents, East Northamptonshire has been rated as one of the best in the country for low landfill levels.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) released a report this month confirming East Northamptonshire is in the top 10 for the Lowest Household Waste Generation per Head (2013/14).
Collected household waste for East Northamptonshire came in at 292kg per person, with the lowest in the whole country at 255kg. The next best result in Northamptonshire came from Northampton Borough Council at 357kg per head, more than 65kg heavier than in this district.
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:
“This is great news. Thank you to everyone for helping to achieve these excellent results. Your support really does matter and is making a real difference. We’re now asking our residents to rise to the challenge and recycle even more of their waste, by ensuring that they don't put anything into their grey-lidded bin which can be recycled.”
In 2011, the council launched a new rubbish and recycling scheme which, amongst other changes, saw residents receive larger bins for recyclables. It is believed that changes in the service, including a bigger opportunity to recycle, have contributed to this result.