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Waveney tops for recycling

PUBLISHED: 09:17 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 05 July 2010

Waveney councillors and officials celebrate their recycling success.

Waveney councillors and officials celebrate their recycling success.

WAVENEY District Council is officially the number one recycling authority in Norfolk and Suffolk following the publication of the latest annual figures by DEFRA.

WAVENEY District Council is officially the number one recycling authority in Norfolk and Suffolk following the publication of the latest annual figures by DEFRA.

Having seen its household recycling performance improve for the fifth consecutive year, Waveney is ranked 11th nationwide, out of 393 English local authorities, having increased its recycling rate from 48.4pc in 2006-07 to 51.62pc of all household waste.

Waveney's success is due in no small part to the introduction of a brand new kitchen waste recycling scheme during 2007 and this particular service goes from strength to strength with unaudited figures for the last quarter suggesting that the district has actually moved up to fifth in the whole country.

Ken Sale, Waveney's portfolio holder for the environment is delighted with the news.

“This is an outstanding result and it is wonderful to see this district not only maintain such a high standard but actually surpass it.

“Waveney's residents wholeheartedly support recycling and continue to show enthusiasm for new initiatives such as food waste collection. In this area alone they have helped recycle 2,700 tonnes of food waste, which is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by over 12,400 tonnes. The success of these schemes is also down to the to dedication of our waste management and recycling teams and the vigilance of our refuse crews, who ensure that unwanted items do not contaminate waste sent for reprocessing,” he said.

Mr Sale also said that this result reflected well on Waveney's new operational partnership which took on responsibility for waste, recycling and others services during the summer.

“In July, the management of this highly valued service was taken on by Waveney Norse - the council's brand new operations partnership.

“Although the annual figures released by DEFRA are for the period before this change, we are really encouraged by news that Waveney currently enjoys fifth position in the Country, according to un-audited figures for the first quarter of 2008/09.

“This is a real vindication for the work carried out by our teams and the clearly seamless transfer to the new partnership,” said Mr Sale.

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