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Recycling in Tameside on the up

Residents across Tameside have shown they are among the best in the country when it comes to recycling household waste, according to newly released figures.

The borough has increased the amount it recycles by 7.8 per cent to 48.6 per cent in 2015-16 – according to the latest statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

This is despite a slight drop in the national rate in recent times, from 44.9 per cent in 2014 to 44.3 per cent in 2015.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for waste and the environment, hailed the efforts residents have made to recycle more but insists the hard work cannot stop here.

She said: “This is very good news. As an authority we had to make some difficult decisions to increase our recycling rate and it’s very satisfying to see them paying off.

“More importantly, Tameside’s residents understood the need to recycle more, gave us their support and worked with us. The more waste we recycle, the less we have to pay in expensive landfill tax, which means we can devote more money to services.

“Of course, good as the news is, we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. I hope it won’t be too long before we are recycling more than 60 per cent of our waste.”

There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.