Recycling rates in Leicester have increased by over double this year reports.

The Council has said that in the last 12 months, 16,000 tonnes of rubbish was collected from kerbs and and transferred into recycling bins – almost double what was recycled in the previous year.

This means that the city’s recycling rate is now 40 per cent more efficient and the council is on its way to reaching its target for 2020. It hopes to recycle half the waste in the city by that point.

Part of the reason for the increase in recycling is said to be down to the council introducing a new scheme. Orange bags have been issued to thousands of residents in the local area which allow them to mix such materials as cardboard, plastic packaging, tins and aerosols.

Councillor Sarah Russell, who is the assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services told that the council would be working with the public in the coming weeks to improve recycling even more.

She said: “Over the next few weeks, we will be working with communities to better understand how our waste services need to develop to help us achieve this, but the success of the orange bags service shows that we are definitely on the right track to achieve our goal.”

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