3/01/2008 – Town residents have a green Christmas
GREEN thinkers are sending Swindon’s recycling rate through the roof.
Over Christmas the blossoming recycling rate swelled even further.
And this week refuse collectors have picked up more than double what they usually collect.
“The response from residents has been excellent,” said a council spokesman.
“We’re currently collecting 60 tonnes of recyclable waste a day from the kerbside alone. The normal amount is about 30 tonnes.
“Much of it is paper, cardboard and glass, which is what we’d expect for the Christmas period.
“The collection crews are working flat out at the moment and we’re also experiencing very heavy demand at the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Waterside, with long queues particularly between 10am in the morning and 3pm in the afternoon.
“To avoid the peak time queues, we’d encourage people to get there between 8am or 10am, or after 4pm – the site is open every day until 9.30pm.”
Between April 2006 and the end of March 2007 Swindon recycled about 32 per cent of its waste.
But since April this year the recycling rate has climbed to 35 per cent, and council officers say that total will soar as the months go by.
The biggest monthly leap came after the council introduced the orange recycling boxes across the borough in July.
Since then the amount of Swindon waste sent to landfill sites has fallen by 3,230 tonnes, or by 461 lorry loads, compared to the same period a year earlier.
In November alone Swindon sent 1,197 fewer tonnes of waste to landfill than in November 2006, a 29 per cent reduction, the equivalent of 171 lorries.
And over Christmas Swindon people have put more than 50 tonnes of glass into their recycling – creating a mound of glass at the council’s recycling depot larger than any ever collected.
“We are also aware that there are pockets of fly-tipped black bags around the town,” said the spokesman.
“We’re clearing these when we can. For instance, yesterday we went to Broadgreen and cleared it again.
“But overall, most residents are making a big effort to recycle their rubbish and it’s already having a major effect in reducing what we, as a borough, are sending to landfill.
“Which is ultimately what it’s all about.”