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Less waste in landfill due to rubbish sorting
Less of our household waste is ending up in landfill, but it is not because residents are recycling more.
The amount of household waste sent to landfill by Bradford Council has been cut by more than two-thirds in three years.
But the amount of waste people are putting in their recycling bins has remained broadly the same, at about 15 per cent.
Instead, it is what happens to people’s rubbish once they’ve put it in their general bins that is upping the district’s green credentials.
Under a waste treatment contract, once the bins are collected a contractor sorts the rubbish into items which can be recycled, items which can be used as fuel to generate electricity, and items which need to be landfilled.
Now about 98 per cent of our waste is sent to these treatment facilities for further sorting.
And as a result, only 22 per cent of our domestic waste ends up in landfill, compared to more than 65 per cent in 2010.
A total of 149,609 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2010-2011, but this figure has been reduced to 48,952 tonnes in 2012-13.
The figures have come to light in a new report by the Council’s Environment and Waste Service.
Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, said doing so saves the district money.
He said: “It’s much better to recycle at source because it effectively saves everybody money. The waste streams are separated to begin with. Potentially, we get much cleaner and purer waste streams rather than trying to have to extract from the general waste.
“It’s always easier and better for people to recycle at source at home, at the kerbside. Doing it that way, separating more at source, actually is a better deal for the Council Tax payer. Those who are doing it are effectively saving themselves money.”
Coun Thornton said he also expected the amount of kerbside recycling to increase, once the roll-out of plastic bottle recycling and fortnightly collections is complete.
Each person in Bradford produced 377 kilos of household waste in 2013, a slight reduction from 394 kilos in 2010.
The performance data will be discussed by Bradford Council’s Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee when it meets at City Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday.
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