The fortnightly collections of the blue, brown and green bins in the East Riding are keeping increasing amounts of waste out of landfill.
Waste figures just released by East Riding of Yorkshire Council show the recycling rate for September was 59 per cent compared with 57 per cent in September last year.
Over the summer months, 130,000 households moved onto the fortnightly collections of the blue recycling bins and the green landfill bins. The brown bin for composting has been emptied fortnightly since 2011.
The result is a rise in the recycling rate as an additional 700 tonnes, the same weight as 88 double-decker buses, is kept out of landfill over just one month.
Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Residents are being true to their word when they told us they could recycle more of their household waste if they had fortnightly collections. These figures show just how successful that service is.
“One disappointing note is that food waste is still going in the green bins for landfill instead of the brown bins. In September about a quarter of what was in the green bins was food waste. With Christmas round the corner, the message is to put the turkey carcass and sprout peelings in the brown bin so they can be taken away for composting.
“The message is to wrap and stash, that is wrap the food waste in a caddy liner, that we give away for free, and stash it in the brown bins. Stock up on caddy liners by getting replacements from any of our customer service centres, leisure centres and libraries.”
Residents in the Bridlington, Beverley, Driffield, Holderness and Pocklington areas all broke their own records. Goole is the only area now to go onto fortnightly collections.
Households across Bridlington, Driffield and Hornsea increased what they recycled in September by a whopping 68 per cent compared with September 2012. There was an 18 per cent drop in what they put in their green landfill bins compared with September last year.
Households across the Beverley, Willerby, Hessle and Brough areas increased by 42 per cent the amount in their blue bins for recycling, with a 24 per cent drop in what they sent to landfill in September from their green bins.
In Holderness, the amount of waste in the blue recycling bins increased by 38 per cent compared with September last year. The amount sent to landfill from the green bins in September went down by 28 per cent.
Pocklington households increased by 40 per cent what they recycled from their blue bins in September, compared with September last year, and achieved a 30 per cent fall on what was sent to landfill from the green bins.
The Goole area, which will not go onto fortnightly collections until early summer, bucked the tend by seeing a slight drop in what was sent for recycling in September and a slight increase in what was sent to landfill.