Residents help to recycle waste

Tonnes of unwanted garden cuttings have helped a town match the weight of 8,000 cars in recycled waste in the past year.

Residents and firms in Selby, North Yorkshire, saved 12,500 tonnes of material from landfill.

Councils in the region aim to recycle or compost 40 per cent of all waste by 2010, rising to 50 per cent by 2020.

Garden waste is being taken to a network of nearby farms, made into compost and spread on the land.

Councillor Chris Metcalfe said: "It is important residents know materials they leave out for recycling really do get recycled."

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