RECYCLING has increaed since the introduction of the new 123+ waste collection service in Warwick district a year ago.
Warwick District Council has been reviewing the new waste collection service’s impact on the environment, as well as looking at how household habits have changed since August 2022.
And the latest statistics show over the past year the overall recycling rate in the district has increased by almost seven per cent to 60.5 per cent, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 44 per cent.
Over the same period there has been a reduction of almost 4,400 tonnes in the amount of residual waste collected, equivalent to a double decker bus load every single day. This is due in part to the weekly kerbside food waste collections and a wider variety of materials being recycled.
WDC neighbourhood services spokesperson Coun Will Roberts said: “There’s no doubt that the new service has brought about changes to the way a majority of households deal with waste, allowing us to collect more items such as black plastic and TetraPak cartons for recycling and also convert food waste to generate clean energy.
“We would however be interested to hear from residents about their experiences of the 123+ service and whether over the past year local people have been recycling more at home or are now more conscious of what they are buying or throwing away. They are invited to share their views by completing our short online survey.
“It’s also now important for us to address the areas of the district, particularly flats and those with communal facilities, who as yet are unable to reap the benefits of the new scheme.”
The 123+ online survey is available on the WDC website until September 30.