Monday, 24 November 2014

Recycling Rates increase in Wigan Borough

Residents across Winstanley Ward are continuing to help improve recycling rates year-on-year, latest government statistics reveal.

Annual statistics published last week by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs highlight the recycling rates for all 352 local councils in England.

Between 2013 and 2014 in Wigan Borough 133,843 tonnes of waste was collected from households.

Of this amount 66,955 tonnes – just over 50% - was sent for recycling, composting or reusing.

This is well above the national average for councils of 43% and already beats the target set by the EU for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020.

Cllr Marie Morgan said, "This is good news for the environment and for council tax bills. By reducing costs we can use the savings to protect and improve services without any need for council tax increases. This means that Council Tax in Wigan will be frozen until 2017!"

Wigan Council’s waste services department is now gearing up for Christmas which can present challenges with increased amounts of waste produced.

Cllr Marie Morgan added, "Lots of information will be published through the web and social media to help people cope with the extra waste and ensure that people are recycling right.”

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