Sunderland City Council celebrated an increase in household recycling rates, with a visit to J&B Recycling.
Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services at Sunderland City Council, made the trip to the firm's materials recovery facility in Hartlepool, for a tour of the facility and a walk through of the various processes J&B offers in order to continually deliver a high level of service.
J&B Recycling has serviced the council for over 2 years. In 2016 Sunderland was recycling 26 per cent of its waste. This year that figure has risen to 30 per cent, which includes collecting over 1500 tonnes of kerbside recycling a month.
Matthew Tyrie, the company's Operations Director, said: "At J&B Recycling we work to recover the maximum amount of recyclable material and would urge Sunderland residents to think about what they’re putting in their bins and what can and can’t be recycled.
“What makes everyone’s jobs a bit more difficult is contamination, a lot of the time this is due to organic materials such as food making its way into the recycling bins.
“As the North East’s largest independent waste management company, we are committed to giving the very best service and helping our customers, such as Sunderland Council, to increase recycling levels.”
J&B Recycling currently processes on average 350 tonnes of Sunderland's blue bin materials every week, yet the council is beginning a campaign to remind and encourage residents that they can always recycle more.
Councillor Mordey said: "I'd like to thank everyone who is helping to increase recycling levels.
"People can always help and make the processing of their household recyclable much easier.
"If items for the blue bin are washed and squashed it helps save space and you can fit more in. Plus, please make sure the blue bin has the right materials in it.”
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