Residents thanked as town’s recycling rate increases

Published: Monday, 23 September 2019

Northampton Borough Council and their recycling and waste contractor Veolia, are thanking residents for their recycling efforts as both dry and food recycling rates increase in the town.

The amount of food waste and dry materials being recycled has increased by 6% since June 2018, when Northampton Borough Council’s partnership with Veolia began. 

Although great news, the Borough Council and Veolia are working together during national Recycling Week (23 to 29 September) to raise awareness of how residents can recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

A guide explaining what can and can’t be recycled is available on the Council’s website and an animation launched to showcase the full recycling journey, from kerbside through to sorting and reprocessed products created from the recycling. In addition, to encourage more people to recycle Heads of local Resident Associations will be invited to visit a Materials Recovery Facility later this year, to find out more about the recycling process and the products that are created from the waste. 

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Northampton residents have always been great at recycling and the introduction of the new blue topped recycling bin and the recycling sack trial in Far Cotton, have obviously had a positive impact, significantly increasing our recycling rates in the past 12 month.

“We want to thank everyone for their efforts but we are keen to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill even more, so we will be working with Veolia over the coming weeks and months to ensure residents have all the information they need to help them recycle more this year.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Since June 2018 we have introduced a number of improvements to the services residents receive. We want to make recycling easier for Northampton residents so that they can recycle more. The results are very positive so far and it is very important that even more residents put the right waste in the right bin to continue improving the recycling rate. Thank you for recycling and keep up the good work!”

For more information about Northampton’s recycling service, please visit