Tracker stats kick-off Recycling Week Mark Ford September 26, 2022 Latest News Monday 26 September – Somerset recyclers saved more than 130,000 tonnes of carbon last year, the latest Somerset Recycling Tracker shows. The release of the 2021-22 tracker marks the start of the first Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) Somerset Recycling Week. The tracker, pioneered by SWP in 2008, shows what happens to every tonne of household waste – where it goes, the companies involved and its likely use as new packaging and products. The most recent figures chart continued progress, boosted by Somerset residents embracing the expanded Recycle More kerbside collections. Overall, Somerset recycled and reused 149,980 tonnes, pushing its recycling rate up from 52.4% to 56.2%, the highest it has ever been. That equates to saving 133,000 tonnes of carbon saved – the same as taking 51,409 cars off the road for a year – and is up 10,000 tonnes on the previous year’s figures. Tonnages of plastics have soared to 5,771, up from 4,359, thanks in large part to the inclusion of plastic pots, tubs and trays in Recycle More kerbside collections. An impressive 97.2% of material stayed in the UK to be turned into new products and packaging, including 99.4% of plastics. These impressive figures are down to the excellent kerbside sorting by Somerset’s residents. The more materials are correctly sorted into the right container, the less contaminated our recycling is and the easier it is to get recycled closer to home. The full Somerset Recycling Tracker can be found on the SWP website. Councillor Sarah Dyke, Chair of the Somerset Waste Board, said: “At the start of our first Recycling Week, it’s great to see that nearly all the recycling we collect stays in the UK. “These really positive figures are down to the hard work of our residents, collection crews and our recycling sites operator Biffa. “We’ve a lot of be proud of, but there is more we can all do to make great recycling part of the Somerset DNA”. Throughout Somerset Recycling Week you can find information, tips and guidance on how to up your recycling. Check somersetwaste.gov.uk website and follow @somersetwaste on Facebook. On Wednesday (28 September) SWP will be running a Facebook Talking Café Q&A session, hosted by the Community Council for Somerset https://www.facebook.com/talkingcafesomerset/ If you use the Next Door network, look out for the recycling-related polls we will be running during the week. To keep up to date with waste services, sign up for the SWP e-newsletter somersetwaste.gov.uk or follow @somersetwaste on Facebook or Twitter.