How good is your community at recycling and reducing waste'

By The Editor

16th Sep 2021 | Local News

Figures published this week reveal the communities doing their bit for the environment by increasing recycling and reducing waste.

Compared with last year households have, on average, contributed to a 0.71% increase in recycling across Cornwall, while cutting the amount of black bin waste put out for collection by around 1.2kg per household.

By recycling 41% of their waste, residents in Feock and Playing Place top Cornwall Council's recycling league table, with Mullion and Grade Ruan in second place with 34%.

Meanwhile, residents in Redruth South were best at raising their recycling game overall over the last 12 months, increasing last year's 21% rate by four percentage points to 25%.

As well as looking at recycling rates, the statistics also show those communities which have reduced the amount of black bag waste they put out for collection.

Residents in Torpoint West achieved the biggest cut in the amount of rubbish generated in the last year by cutting their waste by around 46kg per household!

When it comes to protecting our environment and natural resources, reducing the amount of waste produced is even more effective than recycling, explained Sue James, Cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection.

"By reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place, we cut down on the use of raw materials and pollution association with production," she said. "We should all be aiming to reduce, reuse and recycle.

"These statistics show that communities across Cornwall are recycling, but there's always more that can be done - there is the potential for households in Cornwall to recycle around 60 percent of their waste.

"As part of our kerbside collections we collect a range of items including paper, cardboard, , tins/cans, tin foil, glass bottles, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays."

12 ideas for reducing waste

Avoid excessive food packaging in the supermarket – for example, buy loose vegetables.

Buy only what you need – don't be tempted by the 'buy one get one free' offers.

Start home composting - it's a great way of getting rid of raw fruit and vegetable scraps.

Carry a reusable bottle.

Say no to plastic straws.

Use refill stations for detergents.

Say no to disposable cutlery.

Get your milk delivered.

Avoid microbeads.

Carry a shopping bag.

Pack a waste-free lunch re-using old takeaway boxes instead of cling film or foil.

Give experiences, not things, for Christmas and birthday presents –for example, help family and friends with gardening or babysitting, or treat them to a day out or a meal.

Top 10 recyclers

Electoral Ward                                                                          

Percentage of waste recycled

Feock and Playing Place

  1. 66%

Mullion and Grade Ruan

  1. 46%

Truro Trehaverne

  1. 39%

Falmouth Boslowick

  1. 32%

Torpoint West

  1. 75%

St Agnes

  1. 52%


  1. 43%

Saltash West

  1. 20%

Wadebridge East

  1. 15%

Constantine, Mawnan and Budock

  1. 79%


Top 10 waste reducers

Electoral Ward                                                                            

Black bag waste reduced by 

Torpoint West 


Liskeard East

  1. 4kg

Torpoint East 

  1. 2kg



Probus, Tregony and Grampound



  1. 6kg

Falmouth Boslowick




Porthleven and Helston West


Grenville and Stratton





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