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New recycling figures show huge improvement

Date published: 13 November 2017

Colchester Borough Council has released new statistics on the first three full months of the new recycling and waste collection system - and the numbers are way above expectation.

In June 2017, the Council made changes to waste collections across the Borough in order to boost recycling rates and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. Initial figures suggest that the fortnightly black bin/bag collection arrangements have reduced the amount of general rubbish each household puts out and has encouraged residents to recycle more.

In the three months following the introduction of this new system, recycling has increased dramatically. Between July and September 2017, the Borough recycled 55% of all its rubbish - a big improvement on the 44% recycling rate seen at year end in March 2017. 

Evidence shows that this is thanks to residents recycling more material and throwing less away as general rubbish: between July and September 2017 there was a reduction of 2,757 tonnes in residual waste - that's 34% less material going to landfill - a reduction equivalent to the weight of 221 double-decker buses.

Councillor Jessica Scott-Boutell, Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, commented: "The new system has meant big changes for Colchester residents and I am delighted that people have adjusted to it so quickly. These fantastic results speak for themselves, showing a major decrease in the amount of material that is going to landfill. 

"A huge thank-you to the Borough's residents for your efforts in creating this change. There is still more we can do to live more sustainably, but this is an excellent start."

The Council's Recycling team keep a regular blog with waste-busting hints and tips. To find out how you can save money as well as the planet, check it out at or follow @yourcolchester on Twitter and @enjoycolchester on Facebook.