Ashfield area gets greener

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ASHFIELD District Council is becoming more environmentally-friendly, according to a recent report.

Bosses at the authority say that their Performance Report has shown a number of improvements.

The report shows recycling rates are up to almost 35 per cent, partly because of the uptake in their garden waste service and the introduction of battery and Christmas tree recycling schemes.

There has also been a 7.4 per cent decrease in carbon emissions from the council’s vehicle fleet and an improvement in street cleanliness, including litter and graffiti.

The report also shows there has been a reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage as well as fly-tipping following improved clean-ups and enforcements.

Coun Warren Nuttall, who is portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and parks, said: “It is extremely pleasing that our efforts to improve the environment are delivering results.

“These excellent performance figures are testament to the hard work of many people, both within the council and the wider community.

“We are committed to making Ashfield cleaner and greener and by working with our residents, we believe we are moving in the right direction.”