Tyne & Wear

Fortnightly collections boost County Durham recycling

Switching to fortnightly waste collections across County Durham has boosted recycling rates, according to council bosses.

Durham County Council handed out new recycling bins for paper, plastics, cans and cartons to 190,000 homes earlier this year.

The council said an extra 3,956 tonnes was recycled between April and July compared to the same period in 2011.

It said it was now on course to reduce its annual landfill bill of £7.5m.

A council spokesman said: "Based on this increase, we are expecting that at the end of 2012/13, residents should have recycled more than 48% of their waste."

Last year, the council paid £7.5m in Landfill Tax, with every tonne of rubbish it sent to landfill costing about £100.

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