Recycling rates for cardboard have leapt by a third since Rotherham Council revamped its waste collection service, it has emerged.
The council has changed the way it collects rubbish at the same time as introducing a charge for green waste collections – a decision made in the face of increased spending cuts.
So far, 32,000 people have signed up for that service which is a higher number than had been anticipated, Coun Emma Hoddinott told a meeting of Rotherham Council.
She was responding to a public question raised by Mr J Jackson, who described himself as an ‘environmental thinker’ and designer, who raised concerns about the impact of introducing a charge for green waste collections.
He said he was concerned about an increase in home composting and the likelihood of more garden fires as householders attempted to burn waste, instead of using the council’s disposal service.
But Coun Hoddinott challenged the idea that home composting was environmentally unfriendly and said the authority provided reduced price bins to encourage residents to do so.
There was also no national evidence to suggest garden fires increased in areas where local authorities charged for green waste disposal, she said.
Mr Jackson has previously been in contact with council officers on the topic of waste disposal and further discussions were agreed.