People living in St Albans are recycling more and sending less rubbish to landfill.

The amount of residual waste per household reduced to 95.7 kilogrammes for the three months to June 2014, from 111.5 kilogrammes for the same period last year. This equates to a fall of 14.2 per cent year-on-year.

St Albans City and District Council’s cabinet heard on Tuesday that the household recycling rate increased to 53.6 per cent for the same period. This figure, which is subject to verification, is up from 48 per cent for the three months to June 2013. 

The increase in the recycling rate follows the introduction of a new recycling scheme in September last year.

Residents can now recycle a wide range of plastic containers, including margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, food trays and fruit punnets. Many have also been given a food caddy and a starter pack of paper liners to help make it easier for them to recycle and compost food waste.