Recycling campaign to move to North Kirklees after success in the South

Thank you to residents

We are now recycling an additional 35 tonnes of waste every week thanks to local residents.

Our campaign to improve recycling rates began in Huddersfield and Holme Valley in April and has been a huge success. We’re now moving to the north of Kirklees.

The campaign sees recycling and waste advisors out and about checking green bins and talking to residents about what can and cannot go in them.

What impact has been made?

Out of the properties monitored so far – around 90,000 – 86 per cent of residents were putting the correct items in the green bin already. After residents were educated on what can and cannot go in their green bin, this number increased to 98 per cent.

This means that just two per cent of residents in South Kirklees were not recycling properly after being visited and educated by advisors.

Due to this campaign and the cooperation of residents, an additional 35 tonnes of waste is now being recycled every week which otherwise would have to be sent to landfill or for burning.

That’s around five or six full bin wagons. To put that into perspective, that’s the same weight of approximately seven elephants.

What happens next?

Council officers will now look to take this success to the North of Kirklees from 17 June in the same bid to improve recycling rates – which at 27 per cent across the borough, falls below the national average of 45 per cent.

Advisors will be checking bins and talking to residents about what can and cannot be recycled. This is in the same bid to improve the amount of recycling that is contaminated and rejected.

Major improvements have been made in Huddersfield and Holme Valley but we’ve also learnt from the process and will try to be even more effective in the North.

Why does this need to be done?

One of the main causes of Kirklees’ poor recycling rates is the fact that around 40 per cent of green bin contents in the borough is contaminated with items such as food waste, nappies and other bagged waste.

This figure is improving quickly thanks to local residents and the council workers who have been working hard every day to make a positive change.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment Kirklees, said:

“I would like to say a very big thank you to all our committed residents in Huddersfield and Holme Valley and dedicated council staff who have made this fantastic improvement possible.

Recycling rates in Kirklees are not where they should be but local people have really got behind the council’s bid to improve them.”

What can be recycled?

To find out what can be recycled you can go to our website.


  • A very valid comment but sadly a polite reply bur nothing constructive
    Please lead the community, your policy seems to be punish, not constructive reply.

  • Hi Paul, we know there are challenges with recycling at the moment and we are looking at what can be done. Currently, we can only recycle plastic bottles and not the tops, due to the limitations of the contract we have with our waste disposal provider.

  • I left comments with proposals recently but it didn’t appear on this site and I didn’t get any acknowledgement. So, here they are again.

    Please could you let us all know and promote which types of plastic are recyclable. Most plastic containers are labelled with the recycling logo and the type of plastic from which they are made listed in an abbreviated form underneath the logo, e.g. PPE. Then, conscientious citizens can make an informed decision as to what can and can’t be recycled in the Kirklees (sadly, very lacking) recycling scheme. In line with an earlier contributor’s comment, you should have a scheme in place where all, or almost all, plastics with the recycling logo are recyclable.

    While I have your attention, I’d like to take this opportunity to castigate you for ceasing to take soil, turf, stone, old brick etc at ANY of your waste centres. You are just inviting fly tipping. In addition, it is not acceptable, to this Kirklees resident at least, to charge £5 to take away, for example, one bag of weedy soil.

    While in no way wishing to criticise the work that is already going on, if you are truly serious about recycling, you really do need to up your game.

  • Hi, currently you can recycle brown plastic bottles, thanks for getting in touch

  • you need to go back to recycling glass, the recycling rates in Kirklees are abysmal, now we have the green bin gestapo telling us what we can and cant put in green bins. you need to be able to recycle all plastics as long as they have the recycling logo on them.

  • Wherever you are in this country the seriously poor recycling facilities are never easy to understand because they vary so very disjointed and poorly set out by the central government who change their finances promised to local governments to provide decent services who residents who have also paid again to use our local services.
    It is with great credit that we are joining forces with two local councils trying to better utilise the costly problem together.
    Just Kirklees and Calderdale, are so vastly different, even more if you look at Lincolnshire, Cumbria. Herefordshire, Lancashire ,and the best I have seen recently Wales! Very high recycling figures, much lower landfill percentages.
    Let Yorkshire be the new trailblazers, teach us EXACTLY WHAT AND WHERE to put our complicated variety of plastics we are cursed with, use anything that will produce green energy to proper use not landfill.
    Segregate ALL useable metals and teach us why various other metal items can only be put into landfill ie aluminium used food containers.
    Make local laws to severely punish fly tippers with loss of vehicles and other property to the full value of the offence committed.
    Use the offenders retribution services to clear fly tipped areas currently around our beautiful countryside, it’s cheaper than paying council employees to do all the labour cost, This could also reduce offending totals.
    You have the most difficult task ahead but someone has to lead, the WORLD our younger generation needs it although I seriously doubt they understand or believe.

  • I used your site to enquire if BROWN plastic bottles can be recycled.
    Got no response!

  • Great to hear that this initiative has increased recycling in Kirklees but the council’s poor recycling rates can’t be wholly attributed to it’s residents. The range of recyclable waste collected from the kerbsite is extremely limited, meaning environmentally conscious people have to sort their own rubbish to dispose of at the tip. For a lot of folks this won’t be easy and will mean that recyclable waste will end up in landfill. Why don’t you make it easier for people?

  • Congratulations Kirklees on the campaign for re-cycling. All l have seen is bad press about it and l am so relieved it has been such a success. Carry on the good work and make residents pay to get the green bins back

  • Maureen Dodgson

    It’s a pity your employees don’t. .our back bins are emptied into the green bin and all put to landfill.

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