Council’s Recycling Rate Increases Slightly

rubbish dump 3Figures released by Defra show that Scilly’s Council did slightly better at recycling household waste last year.

The percentage of material sent for reuse, recycling or composting crept up to 19.5%, from 18% during 2012/13.

It means the authority has moved up from the second lowest to the third lowest recycler in the country. Newham and Lewisham in Central London came below us on 17.7%.

South Oxfordshire was the greenest area, reusing almost 66% of their waste, and our nearest neighbour Cornwall managed 35%.

But Scilly still creates the highest amount of waste per head of population in England, at 874kg per year. That’s thought to be down to the amount of packaging material required to transport goods to the islands.

Next highest was Rutland, where each resident threw away 523kg.

Last month, the Council’s Senior Manager for Infrastructure, Craig Dryden, told councillors that doorstep recycling collections on St Mary’s could start within six months, once a suitable method and vehicle have been worked out.

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