TRAFFORD is being congratulated after the borough was ranked as one of the top 10 places in the country for recycling and composting rates.

The most recent annual figures published by WasteDataFlow show the borough recycled or re-purposed 61.3 per cent in 2016/17  – almost 20 per cent above the national average.

Data show that almost 600,000 tonnes of waste has been collected and recycled in Trafford – nearly 330kg of waste per household.

The ranking puts the authority in the top ten nationally with neighbouring Stockport trailing in 17th place with a 59 per cent recycle rate.

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But it is Manchester City Council which has the worst rating of all the Greater Manchester local authorities, with an annual recycling rate of just 36 per cent. The authority is placed 265th out of 350 local authorities in England.

Trafford Council leader Andrew Western said: “Trafford is proud to be leading the way for recycling in Greater Manchester.

“We are committed to working with residents to further increase recycling rates as there is always more to be done.

“We provide every opportunity for local people to recycle as much as possible; helping to protect essential services by reducing the amount of money the council spends on waste disposal.

“Through education, advice and environmental initiatives we are continuing to work with residents, highlighting the importance and benefits of recycling and encouraging them to continue to support us.”

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Richard Roe, Acting Corporate Director Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure, said: “As the best borough in Greater Manchester for recycling, we’ve recently completed a roll out of 300 trio litter bins in town centres and pedestrian areas to make it even easier for people to recycle on the go, not just at home.

"Additionally, the One Trafford Partnership have been delivering recycling and environmental workshops in primary schools throughout Trafford to help the next generation understand the importance of recycling.

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The One Trafford Partnership has also been working with multiple agency partners and various community groups such as Keep Britain Tidy and Trafford Housing Trust to encourage and support residents in recycling.

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