Recycling rates in Winchester reach record levels

RECYLING rates in Winchester have reached record highs, with the district seeing the fastest growth in Hampshire.

National waste and recycling figures released last month showed recycling in the city area increased to 40.5 percent, up 2.4 percent from last year (2019/20).

The Council is now the second best performing waste collection authority in all of Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth – behind Hart District Council.

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Cllr Martin Tod, Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery, said: “Winchester City Council has also become the best performing authority in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth for residual waste (black waste) production, putting Eastleigh to the top position in Hampshire for the first time in the most important statistic .”

The highest annual tonnage of green waste was also collected in 2020/21 at 6,600 tons.

Cllr Tod added: “The main reasons for these improvements are the first full year of glass collection, the introduction of an improved and more effective garden waste collection service, the continuation of all our services during Covid when other local authorities paused some of their services or stopped them , and the introduction of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) and battery collection.

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“While these figures show that Winchester is making encouraging progress, more needs to be done and the Government’s expected response to its consultations on Waste and Recycling in the Environment Bill will allow us to plan further improvements that will support our move towards carbon neutrality become the quarter.”

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