by Iain Roberts on 20 January, 2015
Already one of the best recyclers in the country, Stockport now aims to reduce the waste going to landfill down to zero.
Stockport residents recycle over 60% of our waste – we’re in the top five nationally for recycling and third in the country for composting food and green waste – with all the other top councils being rural districts.
Now we want to reduce our landfill waste down to zero. In addition to the recycling we put in our brown, blue and green bins, waste from the black bin is starting to go to a new incinerator where it’s burnt to generate electricity. That electricity is sold, with Stockport resident getting our share of those profits.
It will always be better to recycle than to put rubbish in the black bin, but using our waste to generate electricity and earn money for the people of Stockport is a lot better than burying it in the ground. Over the last few years Stockport has earned millions of pounds selling our recycling after Lib Dem reforms and we want that to continue.