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Recycling facts

Recycle Week: 25 September – 1 October

We’re proud to be supporting recycling week, a celebration of recycling with this year’s theme being ‘Recycling – it’s worth it!’

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The aim of the week is to increase awareness and promote all the different ways we can recycle. During the week we will hopefully dispelling some myths and helping people recycle more by pushing out facts via our website, local media and Twitter and Facebook.

Did you know that in 2016/17, Cornwall Council’s waste collection contractor Biffa, collected a total of 187,053 tonnes of household rubbish and recycling from 270,049 properties?

This rubbish and recycling was made up of;

  • Residual (black bag) waste collected weekly from residential properties. 135,306 tonnes
  • Dry recycling (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and cans) collected fortnightly from residential properties. 32,036 tonnes
  • Green waste (garden waste) collected fortnightly from residential properties. 10,455 tonnes
  • Street sweepings (litter and leaf detritus) collected from urban and rural streets and roads. 5,190 tonnes 
  • Dry recycling (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and cans) deposited at recycling banks. 2671 tonnes

If you average this per household it is approximately made up of;

  • Residual waste (black bag): 501kg
  • Dry recycling (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and cans: 119kg
  • Green waste (garden waste): 39kg
  • Dry recycling deposited at recycling banks: 10kg

(The above figures are an approximate average across the whole of Cornwall).

Do you know what day your recycling is collected? Do you know exactly what you can recycle? Do you need to order more recycling equipment so you can recycle more? Please find out more on our recycling pages.

If you would like to find out more about the waste and recycling figures for a particular Town or Parish within Cornwall, and how they compare to the county average, please select the relevant Community Network Area below.