Recycling rates across the Billericay and Basildon Borough have been boosted thanks to a new weekly pink sack collection.
Compared to the first two weeks of August last year, an extra 140.75 tonnes was collected. This is due to the weekly pink sack collections which were introduced on August 1st.
Councillor Malcolm Buckley, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, "We are committed to helping residents recycle as much as possible – now householders can recycle more than ever before. If Basildon is to become one of the greenest Boroughs in the country, we will need every resident to do their bit."
Pink sacks are now collected on the same day as green bins for garden and food waste and non-recyclable waste. It also extended the service to include long-life cartons, jar lids and metal bottle tops and aluminium foil.
Basildon Council would also like to remind residents that recycling collections of glass bottles and jars remains a fortnightly collection.
It is estimated that the extra material recycled will allow the Council to pass its recycling target of 50% by 2012.