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Christmas recycling rush in York saves £50,000

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5:45pm 20th January 2012

York residents have recycled over 880 tonnes of materials through the kerbside collection service in the first two weeks of the year.

The recycling rush has saved the city almost £50,000 in Landfill Tax payments - a significant amount as the cost  of sending waste to landfill is expected to increase by £425,000 in the next financial year from a total landfill tax budget of around £3.3m.

Councillor Dafydd Williams, the council's Cabinet member for Communities & Neighbourhoods, said:

"I'd like to thank local residents for all their hard work in recycling their Christmas waste.

"It really does make a significant difference, not just to the overall sustainability of the city, but also to the council's budget.

"Recycling saves taxpayers a significant amount of money by reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill."

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