More than 1,000 tonnes of recycling collected in January.

North East Lincolnshire Council collected 1,039 tonnes of recycling in the post-Christmas clean-up.

The council’s bin crews collected an unprecedented amount of paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass.

General household waste was down from 3,702 tonnes in January 2018 to 3,568 tonnes last month.

Crews typically walk 10 miles a day in all weathers collecting 10 tonnes of waste and recycling.

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment, said:

“It’s fantastic that more and more people are recycling in North East Lincolnshire.

“Recycling rates have gone up considerably in the past year and this is a step in the right direction as we strive to achieve a 50 per cent recycling rate in 2020.

“These figures show people care about recycling and protecting the environment and I’m grateful to all households who are doing their best to recycle as much as they can.

“General household waste has gone down from 3,702 tonnes in 2018 to 3,568 tonnes, which also shows many people are trying to recycle as much as they can.

“It’s clear that residents are doing their bit to recycle, and we need to do more to support them, including better recycling containers with more space as well as more weather resistance, and much more efficient vehicles for collecting recycling.”

Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, added:

“We really do appreciate the efforts people are putting in to recycle as much as they can.

“Just adding an extra item to your recycling can make a difference. Recycling one glass beer bottle saves enough energy to power a TV for four hours and recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to boil a kettle five times.”

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