LESS household waste in Renfrewshire is being sent to landfill.

A new recycling system saw a reduction of almost 2,000 tonnes being sent to landfill from January to July compared to the same period last year.

A total of 15,187 tonnes were disposed of, compared to 17,163 in 2018 – a reduction of around 11 per cent.

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This coincided with a 43 per cent increase in the amount of food and garden waste recycled and almost 7,000 tonnes of blue and green bin recycling was diverted from landfill during this period.

As a result, Renfrewshire Council has been able to post its highest ever recycling rate of 52 per cent in the year to date.

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Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of Renfrewshire’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board, thanked everyone for backing the new system, which was introduced to more than 90,000 households last year, with homes given an extra recycling bin for plastics, cans and glass.

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