Lib Dem council scoops trophy for top recycling rate

Our Lib Dem-controlled district council has been presented with the trophy for being the highest-performing council in England for recycling in 2020/21.

According to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, St Albans was the best local authority for recycling in the 2020/21 financial year, with a rate of 64.2%.

The council was praised for its achievement by Resources and Waste Minister Jo Churchill, who said: “St Albans City &District Council’s series of new initiatives from textiles to battery collections are an excellent example for local authorities to follow to meet their residents’ high demands for recycling."

Receiving the trophy on 11 March, Cllr Councillor Anthony Rowlands, chair of the public realm committee at the council, said: “We’re thrilled at being presented with the Letsrecycle Trophy for being top of the recycling league table.

“This is testament to all the hard work our waste management team together with our contractor Veolia have put into our efforts to improve the recycling rate.

“Enormous praise is also due to our residents who clearly share our passion for recycling as they know it conserves precious resources and helps the environment by reducing the need to use landfill dumps.

“As a Council, our number one goal is tackling climate change and recycling is very much part of that agenda. We will continue to look at ways of further improving our recycling rate and hopefully win this trophy again next year.”

Steve Eminton, the editor of waste management publication, presented the council with the trophy.

He remarked: “This is an excellent achievement by St Albans. Getting above 60% is a tough thing to do especially with the challenge of extra residual waste during the pandemic. The results show that the council has residents on board and the support of councillors, council officers and Veolia’s collection crews means recycling is going well across the district.”

The leaf trophy is made by the Community Wood Recycling charity from reclaimed construction site wood.

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