Bristol is a leading city for recycling according to data released from the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The city ranks number one out of the eight English core cities with an increased recycling rate of 44.9% for 2017/18.
The newly released stats, which show a further 1.5% increase in recycling since 2016/17, reaffirm Bristol’s environmental credentials. And they look set to continue to rise, with 46% of household waste being sent for recycling by Bristol Waste Company last month (November).
By comparison, the other core cities are Birmingham, 20.7%, Leeds, 38.4%, Liverpool, 26.6%, Manchester, 38.6%, Newcastle, 38%, Nottingham, 29.9%, Sheffield, 30.7%.
In the week that the UK government released its Waste and Resource Strategy, the new data demonstrates that Bristol is well ahead of the game in terms of recycling with rates increasing rapidly and general waste tonnages going down.
The city has also seen a significant drop in the volume of residual waste each household produces, falling by 36kg per household per year to 462kg, meaning we are creating less waste as a city. This also looks on track to drop even further next year.
The figures also show a significant drop in the amount of waste sent to landfill, which fell to by a whopping 8%, from 27.9% to 19.9%. This also continues to drop with last month’s waste to landfill down to just 12.5%.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: “Bristol already has a reputation for being a green city, and it is fantastic to see that we are building on that even further – with recycling rates continuing to rise. We are currently ranked number one out of the English core cities in terms of recycling, and I would like to thank the people of Bristol for supporting us towards reaching our ambitious targets.
“Award winning initiatives such as the ‘Slim my Waste’ campaign have captured the public’s imagination, and helped us engage with people across the city – this led to a direct increase in food waste being recycled.
“Even though this is good news for the city, we cannot become complacent, as there is still a lot to do. I hope that everyone in the city makes it one of their New Year’s resolutions to help us increase recycling rates further still and commit to reusing items wherever possible.”