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Solihull's recycling rates highest for six years - says new figures

Solihull Editorial 10th Mar, 2024   0

SOLIHULL’S recycling rates have hit a six-year high and rank top out of the West Midlands Combined Authority constituent authorities – according to new figures .

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs figures show that Solihull achieved a recycling rate of 41.5 per cent in the year to March 2023 – the best in the borough since 2016/17.

And Solihull Council is now calling on residents to continue positive improvements by recycling more.

Ahead of Global Recycling Day on March 18, the authority is asking residents to help continue making progress by taking advantage of a string of recent changes which have made recycling in the borough easier.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “We are really encouraged by our latest recycling rates for 2022/23, which coincides with changes to how we treat wood waste and street sweepings which mean they now count towards our recycling figures.

“However, there is still more we can all do to increase recycling to help us meet our net zero carbon emissions targets, and combat climate change.

“Recycling is now easier than ever before thanks to a new state-of-the-art recycling facility which means Solihull residents no longer need to separate glass from their other recycling.

“We have also just launched a new free small item collection service to collect unwanted small electrical items, household batteries, paint and clothing.

“There is lots of information on our website for residents to find out more about recycling and which items they can and cannot recycle.”

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