New figures show Telford and Wrekin leading the way on recycling

Telford and Wrekin residents increased their recycling rates in 2020/21, successfully bucking the national trend which saw England as a whole recycling less than the previous year.

New figures show Telford and Wrekin leading the way on recycling

Data published this week shows that Telford & Wrekin Council’s household recycling rate in 20/21 increased by 1.2% since 2019/20, while the national average has reduced by 1.7%.

The data, which was derived from WasteDataFlow and Defra’s statistical department for the period covering the financial year 2020/21, also shows that the council’s household recycling rate for 20/21 is 48.2%. This is 4.4% above the official recycling rate for England (43.8%) and puts Telford & Wrekin in the top 30% of local authorities.

In a comparison of 14 neighbouring local authorities, Telford & Wrekin was the most improved since 19/20. Ranked third overall, it was one of only three that had managed to increase their recycling rate.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, Cllr Lee Carter (Lab) said:

“I’m absolutely delighted at this terrific result which builds on last year’s 2.2% increase in our household recycling rates.

“First and foremost, we would like to congratulate our residents. As a council, we facilitate recycling, but it is our residents’ concerted efforts that have delivered these brilliant results.

“We would like to thank them for helping to make Telford and Wrekin an even more sustainable borough.

“We would also like to commend to our recycling and waste partners, Veolia, who continue to deliver this service to the highest standards."

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment and cultural services, Cllr Carolyn Healy (Lab) said:

“This is fantastic news for the environment, but we can always do more.

“As a council, we will keep looking for new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and we invite our residents to do the same. Together, let’s make 2022 even more successful.”

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