Cheltenham Borough Council has gone from 210th to fourth position in a new national league table covering the period 2010/11 to 2011/12. It has dramatically decreased the amount of residual waste it collects – as well as increased the amount it recycles.
The table, from Resource Media, compiles local authorities’ performances based on the amount of residual waste per person in each area.
Councillor Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability, says: “This is great news for Cheltenham. The decrease in landfill waste and increase in recycling is undoubtedly because from April 2011 we made several changes to our waste collection by introducing weekly food waste collections, combined with only collecting residual waste fortnightly.
“It’s clear that this caused a major step change in people’s recycling habits. And the collection of plastic bottles, which while not adding much to the performance figures in itself, gave a major boost to dry recycling and focussed residents on the importance of recycling. We can also report a greatly increased demand in recycling boxes, which so far remains unabated.”
Resource Media produces the league table each year and calculates the results using the Wastedataflow website. It ranks local councils according to their recycling performance and the amount of residual waste sent to landfill each area, with those collecting the least amount of residual waste per person at the top.