RESIDENTS’ recycling has saved more than �2.6 million in landfill tax.

Latest figures from Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) show householders in Central Bedfordshire recycled 51.6 per cent of their waste in 2010/11 – placing it seventh out of all unitary councils across the country.

Residents also produced 50kg less residual waste per person than the UK average.

If the recycled waste had instead been disposed of in residents’ black bins and sent to landfill, it would have cost the council �2.6 million in tax.

Cllr Budge Wells, CBC’s deputy member for sustainable communities services, said: “Recycling is not only good for our environment, it’s good for council tax payers’ pockets too.

“The landfill tax is going up next year to �64 per tonne, so it’s important we recycle more to help keep Central Bedfordshire’s council tax down for residents in these tough times.

“However, in light of these new figures, it looks like we are on track to reach our target of recycling 60 per cent of our waste in 2020.”

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