Future is green for Calderdale

Coun Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) with Jonathan Lord, Calderdale Council's waste and recycling manager
Coun Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) with Jonathan Lord, Calderdale Council's waste and recycling manager

Calderdale Council has retained its spot at the top of the charts for household waste recycling in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Recent figures show that Calderdale is leading the way in recycling with a household waste recycling rate of more than 60 per cent.

Coun Scott Benton, deputy leader of Calderdale Council, said he is delighted that Calderdale continues to achieve top recycling results.

It is the only authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region that is recycling more than 60 per cent of waste, and one of only seven authorities in England to achieve this feat.

The waste collection and recycling service in Calderdale has been operated by SITA UK since 2008, and during this time it has evolved from a “black bag, back door” collection system to encompass wide ranging recycling opportunities.

The current scheme, which was introduced in 2009 and slightly modified in 2011, involves alternate weekly collection of refuse, with a weekly recycling service for glass, cans, paper, plastic bottles, textiles and food waste collections.

The result reflects a big commitment to recycling across the borough, with Calderdale continuing to develop the best practice.

Trials of new initiatives are underway in Brighouse as part of a study to see how the UK can improve food waste recycling.

Coun Benton said waste and recycling is a priority for the council.

“For the second year running we have achieved recycling rates of over 60 per cent of waste, meaning we’re the best performing authority in Yorkshire,” he said.

“This is thanks to the hard work of local residents, our waste management team and our contractors SITA UK and Associated Waste Management.”

David Palmer-Jones, chief executive officer of SITA UK, said: “Naturally we’re very proud to play a part in helping Calderdale stay among the very top of the country’s recycling league tables and I would like to thank all of the residents of Calderdale for their efforts – without which this result would not be possible.

“Calderdale should feel proud of this achievement and remains in a very small minority of local authorities that recycle more than 60 per cent of all the waste they produce – which is an aspirational target for many others.”

For more information about recycling and handy tips, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/waste/recycling.

Calendars and information leaflets about the Christmas collection schedule and next year’s dates are being delivered over the next few weeks.