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Residents congratulated for recycling efforts

Residents across the district generated almost 900 tonnes of extra recycling during the last financial year.

Lockdown restrictions and the boom in online shopping saw crews collect 8,163 tonnes of recycling between 1 April 2020 and the end of March this year.

There was more good news in June as the amount of waste recycled and composted hit a record monthly level of 49%.

Contamination rates – when the wrong item is put in green bins or cherry sacks – are also the lowest in Worcestershire.

The pandemic has unfortunately resulted in a rise in the amount of general waste thrown away as well, with 13,450 tonnes of rubbish collected during the same period.

But overall residents are still generating less waste than they did before the introduction of fortnightly bin collections with 1,294 fewer tonnes of rubbish being binned.

The district's residents continue to generate the least amount of waste across the county.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "It's fantastic to see more items being sent for recycling by our residents. A huge thank you for all your efforts which are making a difference and helping to protect our planet.

"The pandemic has had a big impact on household waste levels nationally, so it is really pleasing to see despite all the lockdown restrictions that we're still throwing away less than we were before the move to fortnightly collections.

"As we move back to normality, it's really important we get back to reducing our waste as much as possible, reusing items where we can and recycling the rest. Help and support to reduce your waste is available at"