Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire received the Best Recycling Council in England trophy 2019/20 …
At the start of the year, the government confirmed the council’s position as the best local authority for recycling in the 2019/20 2019/20 financial year, with a rate of 64.1%.
The authority was praised by Environment Minister Rebecca Pow for her work and received the trophy for dominating the table of the Local Authorities Recycling League for England.
The Minister said, “I would like to congratulate the Three Rivers District Council on this laudable achievement. Recycling more of our waste is essential for a cleaner and more sustainable economy, and local councils are a key part of making this happen.
“By working closely with local authorities and the waste industry, we are going further and faster to recycle more of what we use every day – less than 10% of household waste now goes to landfill, and it there was a 40% increase in food. waste recycling since 2015.
“But there is still a long way to go, which is why we will make packaging companies more responsible for their waste, introduce consistent recycling collections in England and create a deposit system for beverage containers.”
Receiving the trophy this week (July 28), Cllr Phil Williams, Senior Council Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “After years of being on hand for the trophy, we are very happy to receive it. today. Our staff work hard to make sure our service works for our residents and is designed to promote recycling and composting over residual waste. Our residents are fantastic and know the importance of recycling and composting to conserve resources for longer and a growing awareness is developing on how our consumption and how we dispose of our waste impacts our planet.
Jennie Probert, waste and environment manager at Three Rivers, explained how the authority manages its service. She explained, “Regarding the way we run our service; we are in-house, recycling and food are collected weekly, we invoice garden waste and waste is collected fortnightly in 140 liter bins. Recycling and food waste collection are therefore at the forefront of our collection priority and we also continue to promote reuse and prevention.
Steve Eminton, editor of the waste management publicationletsrecycle.com, presented the trophy to the council at their Batchworth depot on Wednesday. He said: “This is a brilliant achievement from Three Rivers. Getting over 60% is a tough challenge and hitting 64.1% is just awesome. This shows how residents are involved with the support of councilors, city officials and collection teams to make recycling work throughout the neighborhood. “
This is the first time Three Rivers has had the highest recycling rate in the country, although the authority has consistently performed well and was in the top three for the first time in 2018/19. Over the past five years, Three Rivers has achieved an average recycling rate of 62%.