Somerset is being urged to keep up the good work after recycling an extra 3,500 tonnes of key materials during the COVID lockdown.
Somerset Waste Partnership is thanking residents for their commitment to do the right thing – and asking them to keep up their recycling habits.
Weekly kerbside collections of recycling continued in Somerset throughout the lockdown period. April, May and June 2020 saw a big jump in the amount of cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles, food waste and aluminium cans collected in the weekly kerbside collection, compared to 2019 figures:
- Aluminium cans: up 69%, an extra 92 tonnes
- Glass bottles: up 37%, an extra 1,360 tonnes
- Food waste: up 27%, an extra 1,182 tonnes
- Cardboard: up 24%, an extra 650 tonnes
- Plastic bottles up 23%, an extra 172 tonnes
The figures show that Somerset householders continued to recycle throughout the height of lockdown, helping build on the county’s already impressive recycling reputation.
Thousands more people requested extra recycling containers, either getting into the recycling habit for the first time or taking the opportunity to do even more.
Last year SWP recycled 135,000 tonnes through weekly kerbside collections and the county’s 16 recycling sites – saving more than 67,000 tonnes of carbon.
Overall, 90% of SWP recycling stayed in the UK, and 51% stayed in Somerset – including 100% of food and garden waste.
Recycling Week is the annual campaign encouraging everyone to recycle more of the right things and is now in its 17th year.
For information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.