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St Albans recycling rate up 56 per cent
A new recycling scheme that is being rolled out in St Albans has increased the percentage of waste recycled and composted to 56 per cent.
Prior to the scheme being introduced by St Albans District Council the recycling rate was 42 per cent across the district for between 2012 and 2013 after the figures were adjusted due to cardboard contaminating green waste.
Under the new scheme residents have been asked to separate cardboard from their green waste to ensure that the compost meets quality standards. People are requested to fold their cardboard so that it fits neatly in or underneath their paper recycling box.
The new scheme was first introduced in Redbourn in October 2012 and will be rolled out to all houses in the district by Friday, September 20. A similar service for flats will be rolled out next year.
The range of plastic materials people can recycle to include margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, plastic food trays and fruit punnets will also be increased.
Every home is receiving a food caddy and some paper liners to make it easier to recycle and compost food waste, which is being funded by a Hertfordshire County Council grant.
Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, portfolio holder for environment at the council, said: "If everyone continues to recycle and compost waste at these levels then the District will achieve a household recycling rate of 56 per cent for 2013 and 2014.
"However, the composition of waste recycled and composted varies across the year and as more garden waste is composted during the summer the rate may be lower.
"Nevertheless a fantastic effort is being made to recycle and compost more waste and to reduce the amount that goes to landfill.
"Landfill is not only environmentally unfriendly, it also costs taxpayers money. The less waste that goes to landfill means more money is saved to spend on frontline services."
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