Bournemouth residents have been named as the least wasteful in the whole of the UK.
The amount recycled, combined with the small amount wasted per person, means that Bournemouth has been ranked number one out of more than 200 authorities, according to trade journal, Resource.
Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Transport and Technical Services, said: “We’ve been in the top for a while, so we were hoping to push for the best.
“But this doesn’t stop our enthusiasm to recycle,” said Cllr Filer. “Together we can recycle more and waste less!”
Georgina Lamb, Environmental Resource and Projects Officer, said: “These results are fantastic as it shows how people are taking on board the messages behind our waste reduction campaigns such as Smart Shopping, Real Nappies and Love Food Hate Waste, and changing their waste habits. Equally people are recycling more too and the result is we are top of the tree! However we need to maintain the performance so we urge people not to become complacent and continue the good work.”
The good news comes in a week where Bournemouth council secured a new waste management deal which will save them over £800,000 a year.
Councillor Filer said: “There’s big bucks in rubbish. The more we recycle, the more we save.”