NEWCASTLE WIN SECOND NATIONAL RECYCLING AWARD

Newcastle under Lyme were declared Local Authority of the year at the annual waste trade show in Torquay on 8th June. In the category the organisers were looking for a local authority who had developed and implemented a successful waste and recycling strategy that demonstrates an increase in recycling uptake and innovation in the way waste is processed.

They were particularly impressed with our increase in recycling rate, our food waste service and the rolling out of a schools programme to encourage school children to recycle at school as well as at home.

Our thanks are due to our staff and the residents of Newcastle under Lyme

FOOD WASTE RECYCLING

The following information has been supplied by our food waste processor.

Estimated electricity generated from NULBC food waste: 1,496,486.30 kWh from 3,867 tonnes of kitchen household and catering food waste

Total equivalent CO2 savings:  7,263.13 tonnes

Estimated equivalent CO2 savings from generation of electricity from NULBC food waste: 21,242.09 tonnes

 Well done to all residents

NEWCASTLE IS NATIONAL RECYCLING CHAMPION

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is celebrating this afternoon after scooping a national award for its new recycling and waste service.

The borough council has beat off stiff competition from unitary councils and a waste disposal authority to win the “Waste Management Award” at the Government Business Awards.

The category highlights “outstanding” schemes that are cost-effective, provide a high level of service and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The council’s service – which has increased recycling rates from 27 per cent to 50 per cent – was up against schemes run by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, London Borough of Hillingdon, Peterborough City Council and Hull City Council.

In July 2009, plastic bottles and cardboard were added to the fortnightly recycling collection and a year later, weekly food waste collections were launched along with the extension of the fortnightly garden waste service to all homes with a garden.

Today’s announcement was made at Twickenham Stadium by BBC journalist and news presenter Bill Turnbull.

It comes on the same day as a report published by The TaxPayers’ Alliance which outlines the number of bins each council in the country collects and singles out the borough council for having nine containers.

Cllr. David Becket, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “I’m delighted and very proud that Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s service has won this national award, especially as we were the only district council in the category and have today been unfairly criticised by The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

“Our new system – supported by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) – is designed to produce the best quality material for recycling and has already produced dramatic results, while delivering £500,000 of savings.

“I would like to dedicate this award to our residents who have clearly embraced recycling and also our members of staff and contractors Acumen Distribution, Lower Reule Bioenergy and Simpro for providing an excellent service.”

The service improvements were designed to meet Government targets for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant at Lower Reule Farm in Stafford where it is turned into electricity to power local homes and heat to grow strawberries.

And garden waste such as twigs, grass and leaves is turned into high quality compost for use on local farms.

For more information about recycling, visit www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/recycling.

BOROUGH COUNCIL SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL RECYCLING AWARD

The recycling and waste service provided by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has been shortlisted for a national award.

The borough council is nominated for the “Waste Management Award” at the Government Business Awards 2011.

Researchers looked at more than 400 collection and disposal authorities across the country to find “outstanding” schemes that are cost effective, provide a high level of service and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Other councils shortlisted for the accolade are Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, London Borough of Hillingdon, Peterborough City Council and Hull City Council.

The winner will be announced on 17 February at Twickenham Rugby Stadium.

Cllr. David Becket, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “I’m delighted that we have been singled out nationally for best practice in waste management.

“Recycling in Newcastle has been revolutionised. We have an efficient scheme that separates materials at the kerbside which means all of it is turned into new products.

“But this recognition is not possible without the effort of residents, who have really embraced recycling.”

People can now recycle plastic bottles and cardboard as part of their fortnightly recycling collections.

Weekly food waste collections were later launched along with the extension of the garden waste service to all homes with a garden.

Food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant at Lower Reule Farm in Stafford where it is turned into electricity, heat to grow strawberries and fertiliser for farms.

The diversion of useful material from the general rubbish bin means that these containers are now emptied every two weeks.

Recycling rates have since increased from 27 per cent to over 50 per cent.

For more information about recycling, visit www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/recycling .