The recycling rate for 2017/18 has been verified and recycling continues to be on the rise in Dacorum, with a new recycling rate of 52.5%, which is up on last year’s 51.2%

In 2014 Dacorum Borough Council launched their ‘Recycle for Dacorum’ scheme which saw the introduction of co-mingled recycling being collected in the blue-lidded bin and food waste collections for householders. The borough’s recycling has been on the rise since the launch of this successful scheme.

The Council has a target of reaching a 60% recycling rate and ‘behind-the-scenes’ and are currently working on projects to help improve recycling from both flats and schools, as well as making information clearer for all residents about recycling at home.

Melanie Parr, Environmental Projects Lead, Environmental Services said “This is a brilliant achievement and symbolises a steady change in public attitudes and perceptions to their waste. Especially when looking back just 15 years ago when the rate of recycling in Dacorum was at around 12%.”

The environmental impacts of society’s behaviours are becoming clearer each day – as highlighted with the effect of litter and plastic pollution on our seas and wildlife. This means that it is more important than ever that everybody keeps check of their day-to-day actions and ensure that they are being as environmentally savvy as possible.

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Councillor Janice Marshall said, “I am really pleased to hear that our residents are continuing to recycle more than they are throwing away. By using their kerbside and neighbourhood recycling facilities, they are giving the items that they are throwing away both an environmental and economic value. It is so important to give these items a new life by recycling them, rather than putting them in our grey bins. I hope that this good performance continues to grow so that together we can reach our target of a 60% recycling rate in Dacorum.”

Residents can find out what goes in each recycling bin by visiting www.dacorum.gov.uk/recycling or they can email r4d@dacorum.gov.uk with any specific questions about items or materials which are not listed on Dacorum Borough Council’s website.