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Banbridge council’s ‘trail-blazing’ recycling drive is hailed

Banbridge District Council has picked up an award for its recycling achievements.

The council received the accolade for ‘Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative’ at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, held yesterday in the Landmark Hotel, London.

The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the council’s environmental services committee David Herron and its operations manager Eric Morton. The project which led to this success involved the development and introduction of the new kerbside recycling collection service for local businesses and schools, which commenced on April 1, 2011.

Mr Herron said: “Banbridge District Council is delighted to be blazing the trail for recycling. For a council area like ours, with a fraction of the population and budgets of most other local authorities across the UK, to receive such an accolade is tremendous.”

In April 2011 the new ‘one pass’ kerbside waste and recyclables collection service was introduced for all commercial customers in the council area.

This service enabled the weekly collection of organic waste and alternate collection of mixed dry recyclable waste using a new innovative split body refuse collection vehicle.

In the first full year of the service the council went from sending all of its kerbside collected commercial waste to landfill, to being able to recycle 52% of all commercial waste.

Belfast Telegraph