Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire council in 2011 recycling award hat-trick

Food waste tipped. Image courtesy of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Image caption Food waste is collected weekly and turned into electricity

A Staffordshire council is celebrating after picking up its third award for recycling this year.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council won the prize for improving its recycling rates.

The council said kerbside recycling rates in the borough had increased from 27% in March 2010 to more than 50% in October 2011.

It was given its latest award by the organisation which represents recycling services at local authorities.

The council said food waste, which was collected weekly, was turned into electricity to power local homes and heat to grow local strawberries.

Garden waste was made into compost for farms.

Councillor Marion Reddish, cabinet member for recycling and environment, said it was "fantastic news".

"For the service to be acknowledged in the 'Best Improved Recycling Rates' category is testament to the hard work being carried out by the whole team and is only possible with the support of our residents."

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