Home waste drops under a tonne
By NickCaterSWP | Thursday, July 05, 2012, 11:57
Somerset residents are producing less waste than ever while approval ratings for refuse and recycling services have risen.
Less to landfill: average 'household waste arisings' has fallen to 990kg
For the first time since probably the 1980s, the average household in the county created less than a tonne of rubbish and recycling in the financial year 2011-12, according to figures from Somerset Waste Partnership.
And a survey of Somerset residents found 89% are very or fairly satisfied with their refuse collections and 88% with their recycling collections, up from a combined 84% in a 2009 poll, while satisfaction with recycling sites was 80% among those expressing an opinion.
"Household waste arisings" – the total of domestic rubbish and recycling – fell 4% to 990kgs, recycling levels stayed steady at close to 51%, and there was a reduction in household waste landfilled, which since April costs around £85 a tonne.
Cllr Derek Yeomans, Chairman of the SWP governing Board, said: "All of these figures are very encouraging. In the waste hierarchy, reduce comes before recycling: we need to go beyond recycling to actually start reducing overall levels of waste. Dropping below a tonne per household is a good start.
"I am pleased that a large majority of the people who pay for waste services are satisfied with what is being done for them. Between the kerbside collections and recycling sites, we have a great service, dedicated crews and a commitment to keep getting better."
Visit the SWP website for more on recycling and waste.