Cornwall homes recycle more rubbish - but flytipping incidents rise, figures show
THE amount of waste being recycled by households in Cornwall has increased - along with the number of flytipping incidents, new figures have shown.
Almost 4,000 more tonnes of rubbish are being collected for recycling at the kerbside, Cornwall Council figures prove.
The authority's figures show that as the amount of recyclable material has increased other household rubbish has fallen over the past year.
In total 37,308 tonnes of rubbish was collected for recycling in 2012/13 compared to 33,456 tonnes the previous year.
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The average amount of rubbish put out for recycling per household has increased from 129.9kg to 143.3kg.
Figures for black bag waste collected from homes shows a drop of around 6,000 tonnes year on year with around 244,000 tonnes collected this year compared to around 250,000 tonnes last year.
However while household waste collected at the kerbside has been falling the council has reported an increase in the amount of waste being taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) with a rise of 4,000 tonnes to around 86,000 tonnes in 2012/13.
In a report to the council's waste panel officers state: "The major increases have been seen in the volume of garden waste, which has increased by over 2,000 tonnes. This may have been affected by the introduction of the kerbside garden waste subscription service, which has led to the public using the 'free' HWRC sites."
The council said it will continue to monitor waste levels at HWRCs as well as continue to use its numberplate recognition system which is used to restrict how much waste can be left at the sites.
However, the council has also reported an increase in flytipping incidents, continuing a recent trend. There were 4,365 incidents in 2012/13, up from 4,218 the previous year.
The cost of dealing with flytipping increased as a result going from £364,000 in 2011/12 to £377,000 in 2012/13.
The report to councillors explains: "It is believed that a combination of the van permitting system and reduced hours at the HWRC sites as well as the poor economic climate may have resulted in these increases as some businesses may have tried to avoid disposal charges by fly-tipping their waste."
The council has also seen an increase in landfill tax charges going from around £10.2m in 2011/12 to £11.5m in 2012/13. Forecasts suggest it will rise to £12.9m in 2013/14.
Current targets are to have recycling rates at 50 per cent by 2020 in Cornwall – the current rate is around 35 per cent.