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Recycling rates hit high 'thanks to beer drinking'


The Council's senior infrastructure officer has credited beer drinking with helping the islands hit its largest ever recycling rate this summer.

In September, the islands exceeded a 30% diversion rate - the percentage of waste that gets recycled - for the first time. In April 2015/16, the rate was 9.7%

Helen Pearce said: "We started off at 9% so I think that’s really great. That was entirely because of all the beer that we drink over the summer. That’s excellent for us because all our glass bottles get taken to the glass banks, crushed up and we then reuse it on island as aggregate."

She added on social media: ‘As data comes back from the off islands, and once kerbside collections for St Marys start in December, the figure should go up even more. Let's aim for at least 40% in 2019!”

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