MK Council says thanks for recycling as it tops national league

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Thanks for MK the best places for recycling
  • New figures show MK Council is recycling most out of all councils running weekly collections and is in top 4% of all councils for MK’s massively improved recycling rates

Councillor Emily Darlington, MK Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Realm is saying a big thanks to local recyclers after MK Council has jumped 52 places to become of the biggest recycling successes in the UK.

MK is now in the top 4% of 346 UK councils whose recycling rates are ranked by the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) every year, and is the number 1 recycler of all councils who still run weekly waste collections.

MK households have helped the council reach a recycling rate of 59% in 2018/19, up from 52%.  In comparison, the overall UK recycling rate was almost flat year to year.

MK was the first place in the country to introduce kerbside recycling, in 1992 and the first to build its own in-borough recycling plant.  Last year it announced ambitious plans to become the first carbon negative city by 2050, as well as a living showcase for how climate change can be tackled through biodiversity, with an ambitious end goal to become one of the greenest cities in the world. 

The new government data also shows we’re catching up with the top recycler in the UK, East of Riding of Yorkshire Council, which is recycling 65% of its rubbish.

MK Council is attributing the strong performance to high commitment to recycling locally, as well as improvements at its waste recovery park. 

MK’s clear sack recyclables go to the Recycling Factory in Old Wolverton, which processes 16 tonnes of waste every hour.  Recyclable materials are sorted by type then sent to suppliers to be broken down into smaller parts to be manufactured into new goods

Cllr Emily Darlington said of the report, “It’s heartening to see MK’s success in the recycling league table. Our ambition is to be the Greenest City."

“This is recognition of our residents recycling well at home and MK’s recycling systems and processes.  I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone. Let’s keep up the great work and continue to REUSE - REDUCE - RECYCLE.”

The full report can be viewed on DEFRA’s website

The council’s handy guide gives information on what goes in which sack/bin.