The amount of food waste and dry materials being recycled in Northampton has increased by 6% since June 2018, when Northampton Borough Council’s partnership with Veolia began.
As part of the new service, all dry recyclables are collected together and delivered to a commingled facility where they will be sorted and packaged.
Grounds maintenance also forms part of the contract to deal with all areas of public open space in the borough, with particular attention on Northampton’s premier park in Abington.
A key part of the new service is to change behaviour, increasing participation in recycling and waste reduction and tackling littering, including gum and cigarette butts.
The results are very positive so far and it is very important that even more residents put the right waste in the right bin to continue improving the recycling rate
The contract also means kerbside collections of small electrical items have been introduced and “improved” reuse of bulky items following collection.
Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We want to thank everyone for their efforts but we are keen to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill even more, so we will be working with Veolia over the coming weeks and months to ensure residents have all the information they need to help them recycle more this year.”
Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Since June 2018 we have introduced a number of improvements to the services residents receive. We want to make recycling easier for Northampton residents so that they can recycle more.
“The results are very positive so far and it is very important that even more residents put the right waste in the right bin to continue improving the recycling rate. Thank you for recycling and keep up the good work!”