The weight of 9,600 Lions saved from household bins

The amount of waste thrown away by households across Malvern Hills District has fallen by more than 1,680 tonnes since the introduction of Alternate Weekly Collections (AWC).

AWC was launched in April and saw collections switched to waste being picked up one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.

Between April and November this year households threw away 8,172 tonnes of waste compared to 9,853 in 2017. The reduction is equivalent to the weight of 9,606 Lions or 14,246 Giant Pandas.

The amount people are recycling has also increased with 4,660 tonnes being sent to be sorted and reprocessed into other materials since April – up 214 tonnes when compared with the same period in 2017.

Malvern Hills residents also generate the least amount of waste per person than any other part of Worcestershire and have the lowest rates of recycling contamination in the county – which means more often than not people are putting the right item in the right bin.

Cllr Bronwen Behan, Portfolio Holder for Environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We're very proud of our residents who are showing the rest of Worcestershire the way when it comes to waste reduction, recycling and protecting our planet. I'd like to congratulate everyone for their efforts, wish them a very merry – and hopefully a waste free - Christmas and together let's drive down our waste even further in 2019."

Residents are also being reminded changes are being made to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period. Collections will take place as normal on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Most other households will see their collection date pushed back by one day, with the exception of those due to have a collection on Christmas Day who will have their collection brought forward to Saturday, 22 December.

Full details of the changes can be found by visiting our Refuse and Recycling page.

The festive season is also a time when a lot of extra waste is generated so residents are being urged to continue their good waste reduction work and maximise their recycling during December and into the New Year.

To help here are some top festive recycling tips:

  • Wrapping paper can be recycled if it passes the scrunch test – scrunch it into a ball, if it holds its shape then put it in your green bin/cherry sack. If it springs back it needs to go in the black bin/sack. This is because some metallic-looking paper is actually lined with plastic.
  • Greeting cards and envelopes can be recycled as long as they do not have any glitter on them and any bows or ribbons are removed.
  • Cardboard packaging can be recycled in your green bin/cherry sack just flatten it to make more room. Remember any polystyrene packaging cannot be recycled and must go in your black bin/sack.
  • Food waste increases at Christmas with 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies destined for the bin. Reduce food waste by proper portion planning and using any leftovers to make tasty new dishes. Recipes and inspiration available at the Love Food Hate Waste website.
  • Glass bottles and jars can be recycled in your green bin but cannot be put in cherry sacks if on a sack collection. Please take them to the Household Recycling Centre instead.
  • Mince pie foil trays can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres. Recycling just six of them will save enough energy to allow you to watch the Eastenders Christmas Special.

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Pictured: Alan Biddle from the council's Environmental Services team and Cllr Bronwen Behan, Portfolio Holder for Environment on Malvern Hills District Council, celebrate residents' waste reduction success.

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