Record-breaking month for recycling
Published on Monday 12th March 2012
A thousand tonnes of waste was collected for recycling in a single month for the first time in Cannock Chase District in January.
The collected waste – made up of the paper, card, mixed glass, cans and plastics that go into the blue bins – is equivalent to seven adult blue whales, or 40,000 housebricks.
January – always a busy month for recycling crews after the festive period – saw 590 tonnes of paper and card collected, as well as 250 tonnes of mixed glass, 80 tonnes of cans and 80 tonnes of plastics.
Cannock Chase Council replaced over 40,000 recycling boxes with new blue bins in the summer of 2010. The contribution of the new blue bins has seen the recycling rates rocket in the district from 47% in 2009/10 to 54% so far 2011/12.
Cllr Janos Toth, Cannock Chase Council Deputy Leader and Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “I’d like to thank residents for their continuous support for recycling in Cannock Chase District, and I’d also like to thank the collection crews for their continued good service and commitment.”