Our Lib-Dem controlled district council which includes Harpenden and surrounding villages achieved the best annual recycling rate in the whole of England last year.
This marks an important step in our council's priority to help tackle the climate emergency and improve the environment.
Newly-compiled figures show the rate for household waste recycling – as measured by weight – rose to 64.2% in 2020/21. The national average was 42.3%
The council, along with waste contractor Veolia, has taken a number of major initiatives to boost the recycling rate, and collections have continued throughout the pandemic despite the challenges of staff absences due to COVID and the national driver shortage.
Lib Dem councillor Anthony Rowlands, chair of the council’s public realm committee, said: "It is quite remarkable that we have increased the rate despite the many difficulties we have faced maintaining services during the public health emergency.
"This is a magnificent achievement and my thanks go to our residents, who have supported our efforts to recycle as much waste as possible, as well as our waste contractor Veolia and our Council officers from the waste management team.
"Our major priority as a council is tackling the climate emergency and improving our environment with recycling helping to achieve those objectives."