St Albans City and District Council is pushing close to be one of the top 10 recycling local authorities in England.
Newly-released Government figures for the year show the Council has jumped to 13th in a table of 350 local authorities. This improves on last year’s position for the council – 26th.
Its annual recycling rate – as measured by weight – increased to 59.5 per cent from the previous year’s 57.5 per cent.
Since March last year, there has been further improvement in St Albans Council’s performance.
The annual recycling rate hit 60.3 per cent which was the first time the Council reached its target, of 60 per cent-plus in a 12-month period.
This increase follows a campaign to encourage more food recycling, targeted at areas where the take-up was relatively low.
Councillor Frances Leonard, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The new waste collection regime that was rolled out in the summer of 2016 continues to be a great success thanks to the support of our residents.
“We set an ambitious target of a 60%-plus recycling rate which we have now achieved and we will be looking to continually improve on that.”
Cllr Leonard added: “It is very pleasing that we are now 13th in the recycling league table and we will be trying to move up a further few places in the year ahead.
“Recycling conserves resources, protects the environment and saves the Council Tax payers money with landfill becoming increasingly expensive.”