The latest figures released by DEFRA show that Aylesbury Vale District Council has increased levels of recycling from 38% (2012/13) to 51% per cent (2013/14).
Aylesbury Vale District Council is the second most improved council in England and Wales when it comes to diverting waste from landfill and into recycling bins.
The 2013/14 figures show that AVDC collected an additional 5,019 tonnes of food and garden waste and 2,971 tonnes of dry recyclables compared to 2012/13. That’s the weight of about 20 jumbo jets.
The increase in the amount of recycling is due to the fantastic efforts of residents who have embraced the enhanced waste collection service since it was introduced in September 2012.
Residents can now recycle a much wider range of materials and AVDC has made it as simple as possible to recycle by allowing dry recyclables such as paper, plastics, cans and glass to be placed in one container.
The improved system is supported by weekly collections of food waste, as well as an optional subscription-based garden waste collection service. All food and garden waste is composted within a 50 mile radius of the Vale.
In 2011/12, Aylesbury Vale had a recycling rate of 21.5 per cent and was one of the lowest-performing areas in the country.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: ‘The increase in the recycling levels in Aylesbury Vale has been excellent. Across the district, we have seen how residents have embraced the changes to the recycling system and have drastically reduced the amount of waste which is ending up in landfill. We should all be very proud of such an achievement and for making such rapid progress in such a short period of time.‘
For more information about the AVDC recycling system, click here.