City cuts rubbish to landfill despite increase in homes

June 1, 2010 9:45 AM
Mike Pitt

Mike Pitt

Cambridge City Council has cut the amount of rubbish it sends to landfill by more than 2,500 tonnes despite the number of homes increasing by around 1,500.

Figures show that in 2006/07 596kg of black bin waste was collected from each household making a total of 28,124 tonnes across the city. Last year 526kg of waste was collected from each home making a total of 25,595 tonnes - a reduction of 12 per cent.

Mike Pitt, Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Environmental and Waste Services said: "These figures are extremely encouraging. They relate directly to the effort made by residents to maximise their recycling and reduce the amount of waste they put in their black bins and gives the city council an enviable recycling record among councils across the county and the country generally.

"We have seen the amount of waste per household steadily falling over the last four years and we will continue to work to encourage recycling wherever we can."

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