East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been recognised for topping the Recycling League of England’s local authorities with a recycling rate of 64.8% for 2018/19.
In the wake of figures published by the government in December, the authority was this week (10 February 2020) officially presented with the inaugural trophy for “Local Authority Recycling League Champion for England”.
The council’s success has been praised by Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, whose remit includes waste and recycling.
“Hearty congratulations to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.”
Mrs Pow said: “Hearty congratulations to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Local authorities play a vital role in ensuring we can all recycle more to create a cleaner, greener environment.
“Increasing recycling rates and creating a more circular economy lies at the heart of our future plans for managing our resources and waste. Our landmark Environment Bill will help make this vision a reality, introducing a suite of new powers including to create a consistent set of materials which all councils in England will collect from people’s homes – whether you live in East Riding or Eastbourne.”
At an event held at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s depot in Willerby, the council’s Leader, Councillor Richard Burton, received the trophy for the top recycling council.
Councillor Burton said: “I’m extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of our waste and recycling team, our dedicated bin crews and the residents of the East Riding.
“Our residents are a hugely important part of our team. Without their continuing support for all our recycling schemes we wouldn’t be able to recycle as much as we do.
“As a council our aim is to improve our services for our residents as well as improve our recycling performance.”
The award was presented by Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com, which records local authority recycling rates (see: League tables).
Mr Eminton said: “We are delighted to present the trophy to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Against a challenging background for recycling with volatile commodity markets and pressures on council budgets for communications, the council has done really well.
“64.8% is a phenomenal achievement, some 20% higher than the average for English local authorities, and this success comes on top of previous record levels.”
The wooden leaf trophy was made by the Community Wood Recycling charity from waste wood reclaimed from construction sites.
- Mark Bell - recycling and refuse vehicle driver with the Recycling League champion trophy
- Andy Height, East Riding's group manager for environmental services
- Recycling messages are displayed on RCVs
- Paul Tripp, group manager for environmental services
- Debbie Mansell - East Riding of Yorkshire's waste contract and recycling manager
- East Riding waste and recycling officers (l-r) Emma Jasper, Chris Black and Karen Wagg.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has topped England’s recycling league for three years running and covers a large, mainly rural area of 930 sq miles with a population of around 339,000. The unitary authority operates an in-house refuse collection service, emptying the 240 litre bins of 154,000 households on a fortnightly basis. Waste is sent to SSE Multifuel for energy recovery.
The council’s recycling system is comprised of three wheelie bins: blue for recyclable waste, brown for garden and food waste, and green for non-recyclables. Recyclable waste is sent to Biffa for sorting while kitchen and garden waste is processed under a contract with Biowise/J&B.
Andy Height, group manager for environmental services, explained that service changes over the years had been carefully trialled before being rolled out. And, he noted that while there are costs to providing recycling, green and food waste services, the high recycling rate has meant that the authority’s residual waste costs have been reduced.
“Communications work by the authority has been long-term”
Also of significant is the council’s property database, designed in-house, which it says plays a key part in helping to maintain a high level of service.
Debbie Mansell, East Riding council’s waste contract and recycling manager, said that communications work by the authority has been long-term and seen a number of campaigns including on nappies and promoting Metal Matters.
The recycling and waste service is under the supervision of Paul Tripp, service manager. Collections are provided by the in-house crews with the council having a number of state-of-the-art Dennis Eagle RCVs.