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Borough missing its recycling target – and time is running out


WARRINGTON is ranked 19th in a “league table” of North West councils for recycling domestic waste.
But its recycling rate of 42.8 falls short of the Government’s target of 50 per cent by next year.
Only six councils out of the 43 in the North West are currently exceeding the 50 per cent target. Two of these are Warrington’s neighbours – Trafford, with 58.5 per cent and Cheshire West and Chester, with 58.3 per cent.
Stockport comes third with 57.5 per cent and the others are just “scraping through” according to waste experts InSinkErator.
Thirty seven councils in the region are not hitting target.
Barrow-in-Furness is the worst performer with a recycling rate of 19.6 per cent – and is the third worst in England. Liverpool and Preston are also performing poorly.
A major issue which needs to see vast improvement is food waste which is at crisis levels in the UK. Although food waste being sent to composting is increasing year-on-year, 20 per cent of all food produced is still being thrown away. Despite this, food waste remains a small proportion of waste collected in the UK at just two per cent.
Collected garden waste accounts for 17 per cent of the total, 26 per cent is dry recycling such as card and plastic, and finally 55 per cent is residual waste from regular black bin bags which is not recycled.
Chris Vella-Bone, spokesman InSinkErator,said: “The recycling data from DEFRA is a great opportunity to make a real change for the future of our planet. At InSinkErator, we believe that everyone should be aware of the impact that all kinds of waste can have on our environment.
“Food waste in particular is a growing issue. With the increasing amount of unavoidable food waste generated in the home, and the difficulty for many to dispose of it, a food waste disposer is a discrete asset to any home.”


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