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England’s greenest council named by Eunomia

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Cheshire West and Chester council retain the top spot on Eunomia carbon savings index table

Environment and sustainable consultancy expert Eunomia has published its annual ‘Local Authority Recycling Carbon Index’ report, which measures the carbon footprint of councils’ recycling services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

According to the firm’s findings, it is the local authority of Cheshire West and Chester that made the most CO2 savings during the waste collection and recycling process. This is the second year running that Cheshire West and Chester council has taken the top spot on Eunomia’s carbon index.

The results have been collated from official data for the year 2014/15.

Eunomia base its findings on the amount of carbon dioxide that is never emitted, but otherwise would be, if not for a council’s recycling services, and of course the residents who recycle their waste.

According to Eunomia’s calculations, Cheshire West and Chester council prevented the emission of 109kg per capita of CO2, which the consultancy firm says is due to the district’s impressive 59.1% recycling rate.

Close behind the leading council was the local authority of North Somerset which saved 108kg per capita of CO2.

The council for the London borough of Tower Hamlets might want to rethink its green strategy however, as this local authority came in in last place, making CO2 savings of just 29kg per capita.

The director at Eunomia, Joe Papineschi, commented: “Progressive waste management policies, devolved governments and new collection systems are having a positive impact on the CO2 performance of recycling systems.”

Eunomia think that its carbon index rating is a fresh and insightful way of looking at local authorities’ recycling efforts, rather than the normal recycling rates, which are based on the total tonnage of waste recycled in comparison to the total waste produced.

The results from the carbon index suggest that a total of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 has been prevented from entering the atmosphere throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland compared to the year 2013/14.

The figures do not include the carbon savings from Scotland, as local authorities here use a different system for their recycling figures.

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