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Residents push recycling rate to 40% - 10.07.09

Sutton Council has praised the outstanding efforts of local residents after the borough's monthly recycling rate hit 40% for the first time ever.

Of the 7,100 tonnes of waste picked up from the borough's homes in April, 2,900 tonnes are being recycled, an impressive 7% more than in April 2008.

The recycling rate remained at 40% in May.

While the rise is partly down to the introduction of glass collections last summer it is now clear that local residents are recycling more than ever.

It means more of Sutton's waste is being diverted from landfill which is great news for the environment and for council taxpayers too.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"Landfill space is fast running out and the waste we put in the ground releases gases that cause climate change.

"The council, and ultimately our taxpayers, also have to pay a £40 tax for every tonne of waste sent to landfill so it's a hugely expensive way of dealing with our rubbish.

"That's why reaching the 40% landmark is such great news. Our residents are putting less waste in their brown bins and are enthusiastic recyclers.

"It's a great example of how the council and local people can work together to protect the environment and cut our costs."

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Last updated: Friday, 10 July 2009

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