Northamptonshire residents are recycling more than ever

Published: Thursday, 14th December 2017

Residents in Northamptonshire are being encouraged to keep up the good work, as the county’s household recycling rates topped 50% for the first time.

Statistics released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this month reveal that 50.2% of the rubbish collected from homes across Northamptonshire in 2016/17 was recycled – an increase of 4.2% from the previous year and 5% above the national average of around 45%.

South Northamptonshire Council was ranked 8th out of all the 350 authorities in England with a recycling rate of 61.4 % - a 2.4 % rise on the previous year. The top performing local authority was East Riding of Yorkshire at 65.4 %.

Northamptonshire residents are creating less waste, with the average amount of rubbish collected from each household in the county dropping from 582kg per year to 555kg.

The amount of rubbish being sent to landfill is also down from 24% in 2015/16 to 12.3 % in 2016/17, with Northamptonshire County Council increasingly using waste treatment facilities instead of landfill.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) has put the improvements down to the hard work of waste officers around the county, who have been working to promote and improve recycling services as well as extra effort from households to recycle more.

During 2016/17 there was a particular emphasis on food waste, with the county recycling an extra 720 tonnes compared to the previous year.

Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said “I am delighted with the recently published recycling figures for Northamptonshire. For the first time ever as a county, we are recycling or composting more than half of what is collected, putting it to good use rather than it being treated and disposed of.

“This is not only good for the environment, but saves tax payers money. Well done Northamptonshire and thank you. You are doing well, so please keep up the good work for 2018!”

People can find lots of help and information about recycling at

For further information please contact: Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email


Editors notes:

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) is a partnership of Northamptonshire councils and was set up to improve joint working arrangements on waste management matters. Another key objective is to improve the effective delivery of waste services across the county and reduce waste going to landfill. Find out more at