Selby District Council is celebrating the success of its kerbside recycling collections after figures show that more residents in the area are using the service.

According to the latest statistics, residents achieved a 43.26 per cent recycling rate for 2012-13. This compared to 43.11 per cent the previous year. The council has also reported that it has collected 22,000 tonnes of recyclables since 2009. This includes glass, cans, paper, card and plastic items.

Talking about the data, councillor Gillian Ivey, deputy leader of the council, told selbyonline.co.uk: “There’s a really positive message behind these figures – and that is that for most of us recycling is becoming second nature.”

She added: “In particular the introduction of plastics recycling has had a huge impact on families who often found their grey bins were full of bulky packaging. But now as plastic recycling has been embraced we can see how much difference it makes recycling this.”

The council currently uses an alternative bin collection system (ABC), according to selby.gov.uk. Collections take place the same day of each week with recyclable rubbish collected one week and non-recyclable waste collected the next.

The Kerbside Collection Scheme that is used in the area compromises of three different-coloured boxes, which are used for different materials.

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