27 January 2010

Corby household waste recycling centre has won an award for having the highest recycling rate in the county over a quarter-year period.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre Quarterly Award will be presented by the county council’s cabinet member for environment, growth and transport Cllr Heather Smith on Monday, February 1.

For the period from September to December, the Corby centre sent 75.5 per cent of waste entering the site to either be reused, recycled or composted.

This reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill and reduces the negative environmental impacts (including carbon footprint) of this waste.

Councillor Smith said: “Reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill is a key priority for the county council and should be a priority for every county resident as well.

“Our recycling centres have an important role to play in this and this award recognises the efforts being made by staff and the public in ensuring as much rubbish as possible is either reused or recycled.

“A big thank you goes out to the people of Corby and surrounding areas for an excellent effort. Keep on recycling.”

The importance of recycling is illustrated by the fact that by recycling glass into the container industry saves 314kg of CO2 for every tonne used.

Corby Household Waste Recycling Centre managed to recycle the following in the three month period:

Corby Top 10:

Material Quantity
Mixed wood 183 tonnes
Garden waste 174 tonnes
Metals 127 tonnes
Cardboard 42 tonnes
Textiles 35 tonnes
Televisions and computer monitors 32 tonnes
Paper 21 tonnes
Fridges and freezers 18 tonnes
Gypsum plasterboard 18 tonnes
Glass 9 tonnes

Additional information:

The award is to be presented to the site manager and staff at 10am on Monday, February 1, 2010 by Councillor Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for environment, growth and transport.

The previous five awards have gone to the household waste recycling centre in Wellingborough.