Recycling rates grow in Cornwall amid awareness pledge

Cornwall Council has reported that recycling rates across the region for the first quarter of 2018-19 are tracking ahead of the 39 per cent target.

Recycling rates for the first quarter of the year are sitting at 42 per cent, with the council receiving an 80 per cent increase in requests for recycling bags in the first six months of 2018 when compared to the same six months in 2016.

The Council has been actively promoting different ways for people to recycle following a waste survey earlier this year where people said they wanted more information on what to recycle.


Sue James, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “In the last 12 months, we have seen Blue Planet heighten people’s awareness of the impact plastic is having on our environment. The plastic free movement is growing and we now have several towns in Cornwall working to be plastic free, as well as a commitment for the council to be single-use plastic free by 2020.

“Recycling is now more prominent in people’s minds and we know our residents value Cornwall as a beautiful place to live. We expect that a combination of these factors has generated a massive surge in awareness and demand for recycling bags.”