How your rubbish helped B&NES break a record

A record-breaking collection of recycling materials over the Christmas period earns local residents a big thank you from the local council.

On January 2nd, recycling crews handled more than 166 tonnes of recycling – the equivalent of the weight of 24 full grown African elephants –  which beats the previous highest record of 161 tonnes in 2017 and is around 60 extra tonnes than on an average day.

The drive to recycle across the district has also contributed to the council being placed in the top 20 English local authorities for household waste, recycling, composting and reuse rate in the latest table from environment website

People can find out how the food waste they recycle is transformed into electricity with nothing going to landfill in the council’s video, produced in partnership with recycling and renewable energy company GENeco, which can be viewed here

Residents are also being reminded that their rubbish and recycling collections are one day late this week but will be back to normal from Monday 13 January.

Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “Our recycling achievements in Bath and North East Somerset this Christmas and New Year have been second to none. I’d like to thank our residents for their great efforts and co-operation in helping us to successfully recycle the Christmas waste, which increases by almost a third at this time of year.

“I also congratulate our waste and recycling teams for working hard during extended hours and poor weather to get all the collections done so that our residents continue to have an efficient service during the holiday period. I’m looking forward to our figures going up again in 2020 – please keep on recycling.”

For New Year recycling days and normal collection days from 13 January onwards go to

The Let’s Recycle table of English local authorities featuring the council at number 18 can be found here


  1. It would be interesting to cross-reference these numbers with what has happened to landfill waste over the same time period. I’m hesitant to celebrate increasing waste, even if it’s recycled. However, if the proportion of waste being recycled has increased, then that’s certainly something to celebrate …

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