People across the Harrogate district are recycling more than ever, according to figures that can be attributed to Harrogate’s kerbside scheme, which was rolled out in 2013, up to a decade after many authorities across the UK introduced household collections of paper and glass.
Recycling rates exceeded 39 per cent between October-December 2013, an increase of over nine per cent compared to the same period last year.
And it is estimated that the annual recycling rate will exceed 40 per cent for the first time by the end of March 2014, a year on year rise by over seven per cent.
Coun Phil Ireland is Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment
He said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported the wheeled bin/recycling alternate weekly service.
“Our domestic recycling policy is benefiting the environment, but also the community. It has helped us to achieve substantial cost savings, enabling the council to produce a balanced budget for 2013/14.
“But we want to improve on these figures even further - to reinforce the importance of recycling on the environment and to achieve even greater savings for the council tax payer.”
The authority claims its scheme is reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and helping bring down landfill costs and taxes.
Since July 2012, the service has helped achieve savings to the tax payer of over £724,000 per year.
The new kerbside recycling scheme serves over 62,000 homes across the district. Materials eligible for recycling are glass bottles, jars, metal cans and paper.
Residents can now also include plastic bottles and card for collection.
The phased roll out of wheeled bins in 2013 left many households with bags lying outside their homes for more than a week.