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Cornwall's worst recycling spots revealed

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1:08pm 12th October 2017

Figures show families in Cornwall are only recycling a quarter of their rubbish.

The worst areas for it in the Duchy have been revealed... with St Austell and Camborne being at the bottom.

But the new statistics from Cornwall Council show residents in Truro, Grampound, Probus and the Roseland area are among the best.

Households in those areas recycle around 30 percent of their rubbish.

The average household in Cornwall throws away 500kg of rubbish every year.

A national survey found that just four in 10 are confident they put their recycling in the right bins - down six per cent since the last time the survey was carried out last year.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said the survey reinforced many people are confused about what can be recycled, highlighting the need for more public information.

She said: "This week we've launched a social media campaign to help residents understand what can be recycled, what happens to their waste, and the impact this has on the environment.

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"For example, lots of people don't know you can recycle things like shampoo bottles, or that you don't need to remove labels from jars.

"Across most areas of Cornwall, you can now recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays - things like yogurt pots and bottle tops. This is something which many residents said they wanted. We're about to rollout collections in the last area - St Just in Penwith.

"While most of us do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house are somehow missing the recycling container and recycling just a few more items can make a big difference.

"We know through our surveys of household waste that people can recycle much more - our kerbside collections are available for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tin foil, glass bottles, and - for the majority of areas - plastic pots, tubs and trays."

For more information, to order recycling containers or to report a missed collection visit the Cornwall Council website or call 0300 1234 141

1:08pm 12th October 2017

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