Wiltshire marks milestone with one million tonnes of diverted waste

The county of Wiltshire has diverted one million tonnes of waste from landfill over the past 15 years, according to figures just released by Hills Waste Solutions and Wiltshire Council.

In 1996 the council signed an agreement with Hills Waste Solutions to handle its municipal waste. Hills initially took responsibility for household recycling centres and later for kerbside collections.

It took 11 years for the first 500,000 tonnes to be diverted from landfill and only a further four years to reach the one million mark.

Hills Waste Solution’s group director, Mike Webster, said: “Since the local authority contract in Wiltshire began we’ve seen improvements year on year. We have increased the number of household recycling centres from two to 11.

“Over 190,000 households also receive a kerbside collection service in the county. Residents now have far more options when it comes to recycling and we divert ever more away from landfill and into reuse.”

The council will also be rolling out new kerbside recycling services across the county in the autumn to collect plastic bottles, cardboard and green waste.

Maxine Perella

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