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RECYCLING SUCCESS PUTS COUNCIL IN TOP 10; Rating shows residents back going green.

GREEN-MINDED people in Nuneaton and Bedworth are getting the recycling message - putting the borough council in the top 10 of performers in the West Midlands.

In April alone, the kerbside 'green bin' garden waste scheme saw a staggering 583 tonnes being collected in the borough and sent off for composting.

That figure was higher than any other month throughout last year.

The government has now published its performance survey on municipal waste management for last year - and it shows Nuneaton and Bedworth is ranked 8th best in the whole of the West Midlands.

Councillor Geoff Ashford, cabinet member for health and the environment at Nuneaton town hall, said: "It is great news to be listed in the top ten as it highlights that residents like and use our schemes."

It also proved the council was making necessary changes for waste to be managed in a more sustainable way.

As well as the green garden waste bins and the black wheelie bins, the borough council is working with Ealing Community Transport, who collect red boxes. Since October, 2,333 tonnes of material have been collected in red boxes.

Jo Loveday, the borough's recycling and environment officer, said: "It is planned to increase this figure by introducing min-recycling areas for communal housing and flats, which will put us in good stead for reach the top ten list this year as well.

"The survey highlighted the increase in the amount of waste we produced, but the growth in recycling has meant that there was an actual decrease in the total amount of waste sent to landfill sites. This sign is encouraging towards curbing our reliance on landfilling waste."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 10, 2004
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