Residents in the East Riding are among the best recyclers in the country – it’s official
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has come second in the whole of England in the latest Government recycling results.
The council was ranked second out of 351 local authorities in figures released by DEFRA showing recycling rates across the country, and also making it top in Yorkshire.
The record rate saw 66.1 per cent of all household waste in the East Riding recycled, reused or made into compost in the year 2015-2016.
The national average UK recycling rate was 44.3 per cent in 2015, a slight drop from the 44.9 per cent recorded in 2014, but it is still the second highest annual figure on record.
Now East Riding residents have been praised for their help in achieving the impressive result.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: ‘I want to pay tribute to the amazing work our residents do in recycling their waste. As a council we put the systems and facilities in place, but the success is down to the people of the East Riding for really getting behind us and sorting their rubbish into their blue, green and brown bins.
‘These figures are beyond our most optimistic expectations and are a fantastic achievement for the residents and the council’s hard working refuse, waste and recycling staff.’
In the previous year’s figures, for 2014-2015, East Riding of Yorkshire came 22nd in the country with a recycling rate of 57.5 per cent.
The council has put the huge leap of 20 places on the national ranking down to a number of successful pro-active schemes, all of which has seen residents and staff working together to recycle more and more rubbish.
Well done Goole and East Riding!