RESIDENTS across Malvern have been praised after generating almost 900 tonnes of extra recycling over the financial year, writes Ben Workman.
Due to lockdown restrictions, there was a boom in online shopping which meant crews collected an extra 8,163 tonnes of reusable materials.
June saw a record 49 per cent of waste recycled and composted and the contamination rates of recycled waste ending up in general waste was the lowest in Worcestershire.
The residents are still generating the least amount of waste throughout the county.
Coun Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment, thanked the residents for their commitment and said it was fantastic to see more items being reused as it was making a difference and helping protect the planet.
She added: “The pandemic has had a big impact on household waste levels nationally, so it is really pleasing to see despite all the lockdown restrictions that we’re still throwing away less than we were before the move to fortnightly collections.
“As we move back to normality, it’s really important we get back to reducing our waste as much as possible, reusing items where we can and recycling the rest.”
People can visit letswasteless.com for help and support in reducing waste.