Calderdale top of the table for recycling

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CALDERDALE is on course to recycle between 45 and 50 per cent of domestic waste by 2015 – the highest amount in West Yorkshire.

Until wheelie bins and recycling boxes were introduced two years ago, only 25.8 per cent was recycled and composed.

Since then, the figure has remained at about 42 per cent, according to Calderdale Council’s economy and environment director Ian Gray.

But there is reason to be optimistic because the amount of food waste being put out for collection has gone down.

“Residents may well have become more aware of the waste they dispose of,” said Mr Gray in a report to councillors.

“It might also be partly due to people changing their habits in terms of reducing the amount of food they buy and subsequently throw away.”