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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Recycling goes weekly

Calderdale residents can help to boost recycling levels even further!

From Monday 5 December, all recycling will be collected weekly on your usual collection day.

Since the recycling service was first introduced in 2009, food waste and plastic bottles have been collected weekly, but now this has been extended to include all recycling. That's food waste, plastic bottles, glass, paper, cans and textiles.

In the year 2010/2011 Calderdale residents were the leading recyclers in West Yorkshire with 41% recycling. It is hoped that the weekly collections will encourage even more recycling and less waste going into wheelie bins, which ends up in landfill sites.

Last year, an estimated £500,000 was spent on waste that was sent to landfill but which could have been recycled instead by putting it in the recycling containers provided by the Council.

Calderdale Council's Cabinet member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

"In terms of recycling, this is another real breakthrough for Calderdale. I would urge all residents to do their bit for the environment and make full use of the weekly recycling services provided.

"In these times when cost savings are at the forefront of all our minds, it is important that we try to save as much as possible, and this includes landfill costs."

Non-recyclable waste will continue to be collected every two weeks as usual.

New calendars with collection dates for non-recyclable waste from 5 December 2011 right through to December 2012 have recently been delivered to all Calderdale households, along with a leaflet to explain the changes and give other recycling information.

For advice on waste or recycling, please contact Calderdale Council on 0845 245 7000.

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