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Leeds beats previous recycling targets

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:36:42

The city of Leeds has been waging a self-proclaimed war on waste (WOW), with local residents encouraged by the council to recycle as much of their rubbish as possible, in order to cut down on the amount which is sent to landfill.

It was announced that 48 per cent of all waste was recycled during July of this year, which represents the most significant proportion ever to be achieved in Leeds. This equates to roughly 8,000 tonnes less being sent to landfill, when compared with the same month in 2011.

The waste products which are separated for recycling and collected by the council can be reused, saving the environment from unnecessary damage.

Two million rubbish and recycling bins are dealt with by the council on a monthly basis, which is why increasing the amount of recycling which is being carried out, can really make a difference.

Leeds is just one of the cities in the UK which has committed to a waste collection agreement, which will mean that it aims to offer better services and also collect more products to be recycled, rather than simply send to landfill.

Council spokesperson, Mark Dobson, said that he was pleased with the improvements in recycling rates within Leeds, pointing out that 1.5 million will be added to the tax bill for using landfill sites in the near future and so any reduction in output, will help to save the local authority some much needed cash.

While Leeds may not offer the best recycling rates in the UK, it is good to see that people are getting behind the campaign to make a marked improvement, so it should soon be the case that more than half of the waste produced is reused, based on the figures published this month.




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