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Norfolk’s recycling reaches an all-time high

High Sheriff of Norfolk James Bagge at a Norfolk Recycling Centre

Published: Thursday, 11th January 2018

The latest year-end recycling figures for Norfolk indicate that residents are getting better and better at recycling.

The Government’s recently released waste and recycling figures for England for the year ending March 2017 show that yet again, Norfolk’s overall recycling rate has increased, making it an all-time high.

Residents now recycle almost half of their waste – a massive 46.7% in fact. This recent upward trend in local recycling figures signifies that Norfolk is on track to reach the Government’s 2020 recycling target of 50%.

It is also good news given the diminishing amount of left over rubbish after recycling. Norfolk has one of the lowest left over rubbish figures in the Eastern region at 522.7kgs per household. This can be compared to 531.3kgs of leftover rubbish in the Eastern region, and 557.3kgs for the whole of England.

Top of the recyclers in Norfolk are Broadland District whose residents recycled 50.9% in 2016/17 - King's Lynn & West Norfolk took second place on the list with 45.7%. The other councils that make-up the Norfolk Waste Partnership also saw their recycling efforts improve; be it the amount of recycling or the quality of material recycled.

Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Councillor John Fisher commented “It is really great to see the result of Norfolk’s residents recycling efforts. I am delighted to see the Government recognise the contribution the Eastern region as a whole makes to England’s recycling rate. The Eastern region being the highest recycling area in England at 49.4% in 2016/17.”

Councillor Fisher added “Norfolk residents are top-notch recyclers and waste-reducers. A big thank you to everyone for reducing, reusing and recycling their rubbish. It saves taxpayers' money and it's good for the environment.”

With households now making recycling part of normal everyday life, Norfolk has come a long way since the early recycling levels in the 1990s. There remains so much more residents can be recycling though - as long as recyclable materials are clean, dry and loose (not bagged) when placed in recycling bins – it won’t go to waste!

Earlier this year the Norfolk Waste Partnership launched its Give your recycling a little bit of love’ campaign with the help of the High Sherriff of Norfolk, James Bagge, to raise awareness of the ‘3 simple rules for recycling’: ‘Clean, Dry and Loose’.

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