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Viridor’s Customers in Recycling Top Ten

04th December 2015

On Tuesday (December 1), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the top ten recycling authorities in England. Viridor congratulates these leading lights of municipal recycling, as well as all those authorities with improved recycling rates.

Of England’s ten leading local authorities, Viridor is proud to congratulate five of its own customers, with three of them being the top three; South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and Rochford District Council. As well as the only urban councils represented in the list, Trafford MBC and Stockport MBC, who all achieved impressive results.

Percentages of household waste recycled, composted or reused reached a fantastic 67.3 per cent for league leader South Oxfordshire District Council, with the Vale of White Horse close behind at 65.6 per cent. [Viridor provides complementary recovery services for these councils.]

Rochford Council’s commingled recycling is treated at Viridor’s Crayford Materials Recycling Facility in Kent, helping them achieve an impressive 65.2 per cent rate.

Trafford MBC made a huge leap to a recycling rate of 61.9 per cent and Stockport MBC was close behind with 60.7%. The recyclate of both councils is treated at a number of Viridor facilities as part of the Greater Manchester recycling and waste contract. These facilities include In-Vessel Composters where the food and garden recycling is turned into Revive Compost, Longley Lane Materials Recovery Centre where the commingled recycling is processed and a number of Transfer Loading Stations where the paper and cardboard is bulked up ready for recycling.

England as a whole recycled 44.7% a slight 0.2% increase from last year. This small improvement reflects the ongoing challenge for authorities and our sector to hit the 50% recycling target by 2020, and the recently announced EU Circular Economy target set at 65% for 2030. Viridor continues to support recycling service across England and is calling for fresh and bold thinking on how we can achieve these challenging targets.


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