Broadland residents have played a role in the early success of a new kerbside recycling scheme.
In the first week alone, Broadland District Council collected more than 2,000kg of textiles, five large wheelie bins of batteries and enough small electrical items to fill 110 240-litre sized bins.
Councillor Judy Leggett, Broadland’s portfolio holder for Environmental Excellence, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the amazing response.
“Our residents rightly care about the impact they have on the environment and they are the best recyclers in the county.
“The new service has made it easier for them to recycle even more and divert waste, which is fantastic for our residents and the county!”
The new weekly collection service launched on April 4, allowing residents to leave out small electrical items alongside their rubbish and recycling bins.
People are asked to group the items and tie them up in separate carrier bags to be put next to the bin and left out by 6.30am on collection day.
Only items in standard plastic bags (not black sacks) will be collected. For larger items, the council offers a household bulky waste collection service for £28.80 for up to three items and £9.60 per additional item.
Broadland has also announced the launch of its new contract for all waste collection services, including street cleaning, with Veolia. The 10-year contract started last month and has an option for an extension of up to a further 10 years.
Cllr Leggett said: “We’re very pleased to be continuing our very successful working relationship with Veolia through the award of this major new contract.
“The contract brings together an excellent service for residents with innovative new approaches, which will help to make our waste and recycling services more effective and even more environmentally friendly.”
Every vehicle in the fleet is fully powered by Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a bio-based liquid fuel made from vegetable oils and animal fats.
For more information about Broadland’s waste collection services, see www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk