A RECORD amount of garden waste has been collected in the borough during its first rounds of the year.
North Tyneside Council has been forced to carry out almost a quarter more collections than this time last year due to the amount of waste being left out.
A total of 875 tonnes of garden waste was picked up from homes in the borough during the first two weekends of collections this year – well up on the 682 tonnes collected over the same period last year.
Ed Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for the green environment, said: “It is fantastic that we are doing so well, and the figures so far are very encouraging.
“By recycling our garden rubbish, we are helping to protect the environment for our families in the future.
“I would urge residents of the borough to keep up with this good work and continue to use their garden waste bins.”
During 2011, a total of 9,000 tonnes was recycled in North Tyneside and turned into compost for use in agriculture.
Brown garden waste bins are emptied every other Monday in some areas and every other Saturday in others from March to November.
For more information, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 200 0103.