Lewes District Council’s new recycling service has hit an all-time high.
Latest figures for May show that the recycling rate for the district now stands at 43%, an increase from 39% in May last year.
Since the council replaced the old system of boxes and bags with a single wheelie bin, collections of dry mixed recycling have increased dramatically. Items which can be recycled include glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, tins and cans. There are separate collections for food and charged-for garden waste.
Compared to May last year the stats reveal that refuse collected this May was 150 tonnes less, and kerbside recycling was 44 tonnes more. The kerbside food waste collection service has also been increasing, jumping from 77 tonnes a year ago to 98 tonnes last month.
Councillor Isabelle Linington, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “People are more concerned than ever before about the environment and we’ve made it much easier to recycle items with the mixed wheelie bins.
“I’m delighted that residents have helped us hit our highest recycling rate to date but we won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to encourage everyone to recycle as much as they can, which in turn will increase our recycling rates further still.”