A SWITCH to fortnightly waste collections has brought “significant environmental benefits” for South Tyneside, a borough councillor believes.
Coun John Anglin, who represents Labour in the Beacon and Bents ward in South Shields, was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Riverside Community Area Forum, which he chairs.
A recent review of refuse and recycling services brings with it a major increase in the proportion of rubbish that is recycled in borough.
The ‘one week waste, the next recycling’ system aims to increase recycling in South Tyneside by more than 2,000 tonnes every year.
The changes followed a successful trial in the Whitburn and Marsden area, which led to a 14 per cent increase in recycling and a similar reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill.
It also means 100,000 less kilometres travelled by the council’s refuse collection fleet, a saving of 60,000 litres of fuel use and reduced waste going to landfill of about 2,600 tonnes a year.
Coun John Anglin said: “The changes have brought about significant environmental benefits to the borough.
“These modifications could only have been achieved with the co-operation of residents.
“We have derived environmental improvements, developed a cost effective and efficient waste collection service all by successfully working together.
“The scheme’s wonderful eco and financial positives will help to serve the needs of residents long into the future.”
The Riverside CAF meeting takes place on Wednesday in the committee suite at South Shields Town Hall at 6pm.
Everyone is welcome.