South Ribble residents are the best recyclers in the whole of Lancashire.
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) figures have revealed that 50.5 per cent of all waste in the borough is now recycled rather than put into landfill.
It not only puts South Ribble ahead of every other council in Lancashire, it also means it is one of the top in the country.
News comes after it was revealed the council is to save £4.2m over seven years thanks to a new waste contract with FCC Environment, and will be able to buy a fleet of new, more efficient bin wagons.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, said: “As far as the recycling rates are concerned, may I say a huge congratulations to our residents, who have pulled out all the stops to smash the 50 per cent recycling figure this year.
“We are a green borough, and our residents obviously take looking after the environment for future generations very seriously, and for that I thank them.”
He added: “I would also like to offer our sincere thanks to Amey, our current waste partner, which has supported the council for the last 10 years, maintaining an excellent service, with high customer satisfaction and recycling rates.”