January 19, 2011 10.47 am This story is over 156 months old

Lincoln recycles almost 50% of waste

Half-way there: The City of Lincoln Council says that almost 50% of the city’s waste was recycled.

The City of Lincoln Council claims that almost 50% of the city’s waste was recycled.

From April to September 2010, the authority says 49.3% of the total waste collected in Lincoln was recycled or composted.

The City Council says this is a slight (1.4%) increase to recycling figures from 2009, which were of 47.9% during the same period.

Overall, recycling made up 24.81% of all collected waste from April to September 2010 and composting made up 24.45%.

The average weight of waste collected per person in the period was 37.8kg per month, of which 19.16kg was sent to landfill.

Councillor Yvonne Bodger with the City Council said the latest figure is close to the authority’s recycling target of 50%.

“This is the highest result we’ve ever had and it’s down to the commitment of people in Lincoln to help the council to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

“There’s still work to do, as we do still send a lot of waste to landfill, but I believe we can increase our recycling rate further and collectively do even more for our environment.”

The City of Lincoln Council previously claimed over 90% of homes in the city had their bins collected, in spite of the heavy snow fall in December 2010.

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo:  Ryan Cullen