Residents in North Tyneside have boosted recycling rates at their local recycling centre.
National recycling and resource company SITA UK, which runs the recycling centre on behalf of North Tyneside Council, has reported a nine per cent rise between July and September this year compared to 2008.
The new figures show that people from across North Tyneside have been recycling their domestic waste more than ever at the council’s household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in North Shields.
Between July and September this year, 66 per cent of waste brought to the HWRC was recycled, compared to 57 per cent last year during the same period.
The total amount of materials recycled at the HWRC, on Wallsend Road just off the A19, during the three-month period increased from 4171 tonnes last year to 4469 tonnes this year.
A number of initiatives have taken place since the summer to help boost the recycling rates across North Tyneside.
Over the past eight months, SITA UK has been working with national employment support organisation, Working Links, to provide 15 unemployed people in the region with short-term placements at the HWRC, with financial support from North Tyneside Council.
As well as providing valuable work experience to help people back into work, the provision of extra staff at the site has helped to increase the processing of waste more effectively.
SITA UK has also introduced additional recycling bays at the facility, meaning residents can now recycle hard plastics such as garden furniture and toys, non-ferrous materials such as pipes, stainless steel sinks and cables, and vinyl flooring and plastic bags.
The company has also embarked upon a programme of in-house training for its own staff to help residents recycle their waste. As well as additional supervision and guidance, the team at the HWRC has increased the patrolling of the general waste window where residents put their general waste. Appropriate recyclable materials are now being collected and put into the correct streams before the waste goes through the window.
Cllr Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the environment said: "It’s great news that more and more people are making the effort to recycle and their commitment is being matched by the council every inch of the way.
"North Tyneside Council is committed to looking after the environment but it’s only through residents working with us that we can really make a difference"
Andrew Hughes, SITA UK regional manager for Tyneside is confident the increase is due to all these factors. He said: "It is pleasing to see that the recycling figures have increased in North Tyneside. This demonstrates the commitment by residents to embrace recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. We hope the trend continues and we see even greater increases next year."