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Northumberland County Council hits recycling high since SITA UK started treating residual waste

Northumberland County Council has hit a new record high for recycling and cut the percentage of waste it sends to landfill to just 11.5 per cent.

Latest figures show that the amount of waste sent to landfill in the six months from April to September 2009 is just one fifth of that landfilled in the same period the previous year.

The figures show the positive impact on minimising landfill since the county council’s waste partner, SITA UK, started treating Northumberland’s residual waste at its energy from waste facility in the Tees Valley.

The amount of the county’s waste sent to landfill during the six months from April to September 2009 dropped to just over 10,000 tonnes, compared with 55,000 tonnes from the same period in 2008.

Instead of going to landfill, waste left over after recycling is now being used to generate electricity at SITA UK’s recently extended energy from waste facility. The extension, which cost £70million, will handle Northumberland’s waste until 2035, and was officially opened in October.

Recycling in the county has increased over the same period, with the latest figures showing that 42.1% of household waste in Northumberland is now reused, recycled or composted compared to 41.9% in the previous year. This is a new record for the county.

Cllr Alan Thompson, Executive Member for Environment for Northumberland County Council, said: "This is great news, and it is important to see that the recycling rate across the county has gone up at the same time, which shows that residents are still playing their part by recycling as much as possible. Our investment in energy from waste is already substantially cutting the amount of waste we send to landfill, and our aim is to do even better in the years to come."

Richard Hinchcliffe, SITA UK’s Regional Manager for Northumberland, said: "By increasing recycling rates and introducing energy from waste, Northumberland County Council is showing that a good mix of recycling and waste management technologies do work well together."

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