Three-weekly collections boost Anglesey recycling rate by 10 per cent

Three-weekly collections boost Anglesey recycling rate by 10 per cent

The introduction of three-weekly residual waste collections and providing residents with more opportunities to recycle has seen Isle of Anglesey County Council achieve a recycling rate of 66 per cent for 2016/17, according to provisional data, up an entire 10 per cent on last year.

Anglesey’s increase in its recycling rate has seen the island council in North Wales comfortably beat its 2016/17 target recycling rate of 58 per cent, while levels of residual waste produced per person fell by over 15 per cent when comparing the January-March 2017 quarter to the same period in 2016. The 66 per cent recycling rate is only four per cent short of the best-performing Welsh council, Ceredigion, on 70 per cent.

Council officers are putting the island’s dramatic rise down to the introduction of a three-weekly residual waste service, using larger 240-litre black bins, as well as additional recycling services.

The three-weekly service was initially rolled out in partnership with the council’s waste management contractor Biffa in October 2016, following the provision of new recycling containers to 34,500 properties in the area to help residents recycle more and better deal with the reduced residual collection.