Summery weather helps recycling reach record high

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A RECORD amount of waste was recycled in the borough last month, council officials have revealed.

North Tyneside Council collected a combined total of 2,850 tonnes of garden waste and household recyclable waste last month, beating the previous record of 2,285 tonnes set in April last year.

Coun Ed Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for transport and the green environment, said: “We’d like to thank residents for recycling more of their waste than ever before.

“As a council, we’re committed to looking after the environment – and have some ambitious targets to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint – but it’s only through residents working with us that we can really make a difference.”

Phil Scott, head of environmental services, said: “We’re obviously delighted that so many residents recycled their waste, although it really put our collection crews to the test.

“The increased recycling occurred just as we moved to collecting waste over four days instead of five, and that really tested the new system.

“The reason for the huge volume of waste could be the fact that it was the hottest April on record and we had four bank holidays over a two-week period.

“That appears to have led to many residents doing gardening and enjoying barbecues, which led to lots of garden waste and bottle recycling.”

The announcement by the council follows concern being expressed about the borough’s recycling arrangements in last week’s News Guardian by readers Tom Moran and Reginald Waugh, of Whitley Bay.

They got in touch with us after seeing bottles being mixed in with general waste.