Fenland’s recycling efforts buck national trend
Fenland District Council’s ‘Team of the Year’ has been praised for helping the district buck the national trend for the amount of waste recycled in 2020/21.
The Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently revealed that the amount of waste recycled in England in 2020/21 was 9.9 million tonnes, down from 10.1 million tonnes in 2019/20 – a decrease of 1.2 per cent.
At the same time, the amount of overall waste produced by households rose by 1.8 per cent to 22.6 million tonnes.
Defra suggests that the drop in recycling could be attributed to the fact that during the COVID-19 pandemic, some local authorities have been unable to maintain collections of recycling, some garden waste collections have been suspended and there was ‘widespread closure of household waste recycling centres’.
In Fenland, the amount of overall household waste increased by 8.5 per cent in 2020/21 compared to the previous year. Residents in Fenland also continued to recycle as much of their waste as usual and, with no cancellations to services, were able to help deliver 9,575 tonnes of recycling and 8,028 tonnes of garden waste. This was an increase of 1,923 tonnes of recycling and composting compared to 2019/20, a rise of 8.5 per cent.
Fenland District Council’s waste and recycling team has received praise from residents throughout the pandemic and was also named the Council’s ‘Team of the Year’ in its 2021 Staff Awards.
Cllr Peter Murphy, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Despite an increase in the amount of waste being produced, from people staying at home during lockdown and working from home, and staff shortages due to self-isolation guidance, our waste and recycling team has pulled out all the stops to maintain business as usual.
“Waste, recycling, and garden waste collections have all continued as normal throughout the pandemic to ensure residents continue to receive an efficient, reliable service they can depend on. I can’t thank the team enough for their continued efforts through these challenging times.”