Recycling rates across Cornwall revealed

As Recycle Week comes to a close, new statistics released by Cornwall Council reveal that residents of Truro, Grampound, Probus and the Roseland area are among the best recyclers in Cornwall.

Households in the area recycle around 30 percent of their rubbish - higher than the Cornwall average of 25 percent.  

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The average household in Cornwall throws away 500kg of rubbish every year, but a survey of household waste revealed that around 25% of material put out for collection could have been recycled with the possibility of, for example, old aluminium cans being turned into anything from foil trays to aeroplanes.

A national survey released this week found that just four in 10 are confident they put their recycling in the right bins – down six per cent since the last time the survey was carried out last year.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said the survey reinforced many people are confused about what can be recycled, highlighting the need for more public information.

“This week we’ve launched a social media campaign to help residents understand what can be recycled, what happens to their waste, and the impact this has on the environment. For example, lots of people don’t know you can recycle things like shampoo bottles, or that you don’t need to remove labels from jars.

“Across most areas of Cornwall, you can now recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays - things like yogurt pots and bottle tops. This is something which many residents said they wanted. We’re about to rollout collections in the last area - St Just in Penwith.  

“While most of us do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house are somehow missing the recycling container and recycling just a few more items can make a big difference. We know through our surveys of household waste that people can recycle much more - our kerbside collections are available for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tin foil, glass bottles, and – for the majority of areas - plastic pots, tubs and trays.”

You can order recycling containers or report a missed collection visit our recycling collections page or call 0300 1234 141

Our recycling facts page will give you information on how your area is doing. 

Story posted 29 September 2017