Dacorum residents recycle more than they throw away!

Recycling continues to rise in Dacorum with a new verified rate for 2017-2018 of 52.5 per cent, which is up on last year’s 51.2 per cent.

In 2014 Dacorum Borough Council launched their Recycle for Dacorum scheme, which saw the introduction of mixed recycling being collected in the blue-lidded bin and food waste collections for householders. The borough’s recycling rate has risen since the launch of this successful scheme.

The council have a target of reaching 60 per cent and are currently working on projects to help improve recycling from both flats and schools, as well as making information clearer for all residents about recycling at home.

Melanie Parr, Environmental Projects Lead, Environmental Services, said:

“This is a brilliant achievement and symbolises a steady change in public attitudes and perceptions to their waste. If you look back just 15 years, the rate of recycling in Dacorum was at around 12 per cent.”

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Councillor Janice Marshall said:

“I’m really pleased to hear that our residents are continuing to recycle more than they are throwing away. By using their kerbside and neighbourhood recycling facilities they are giving the items that they are throwing away both an environmental and economic value. It is so important to give these items a new life by recycling them, rather than putting them in our grey bins. I hope that this good performance continues to grow so that together we can reach our target of a 60 per cent recycling rate in Dacorum.”

You can find out what goes in each recycling bin by visiting the council’s Bins and recycling page or you can email r4d@dacorum.gov.uk with any specific questions about items or materials which are not listed on their website.

The borough’s recycling rate is made up from all of the materials that are recycled at the kerbside in the blue-lidded and green-lidded bins, food waste caddies, materials collected at neighbourhood sites, including household recyclables, small electrical appliances and textiles, as well as any recyclable bulky waste collections.

This recycling rate does not include the items that are taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres, as these are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council.

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