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Belfast recycling rate continues to climb

Fundraisers at Bow Street

Fundraisers at Bow Street

Belfast residents are being congratulated by one of the city councillors after the city recorded its highest ever recycling rate.

Belfast residents are being congratulated by one of the city councillors after the city recorded its highest ever recycling rate.

The city’s recycling rate has now reached 40pc for 2013-14,, putting the council well on course to achieve its 45pc recycling target for 2014-15.

Councillor Steven Corr, chair of Belfast City Council’s Health and Environmental Services Committee, said: “I think it’s important that we acknowledge the efforts of Belfast residents in helping us to achieve this recycling rate which is our best yet and up 6% on the previous year.

“The majority of residents have really got behind our recycling initiatives. We’ve been really pleased with the response and would like to thank residents.

“Waste management is an issue for every council as the EU tightens its legislation around landfill quotas so it’s really important that we build on this success and continue to recycle as much as possible.”

From the start of April, tax landfill increased to £80 per tonne, resulting in every bin lorry sent to landfill costing approx £1,000 – 10 times what it costs to recycle.

Councillor Corr added: “Not only is it more environmentally friendly to recycle, but it’s much cheaper than sending waste to landfill and when council saves money, it means we can divert those resources to valuable services which benefit the whole community so recycling is a win-win situation for everyone.”

 

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