Rochford District Council headed the table compiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with a recycling rate of 66 per cent from March 2010 to April this year
Conservative Cllr Mike Steptoe, (Barling and Sutton Ward) who is responsible for the environment, said the praise for this needs to be split between the council staff and the residents of Rochford.
Cllr Mike Steptoe said: “I’d like to thank the Recycling Team at the Council who work hard to ensure the scheme works smoothly as well as our contractors SITA UK who collect the waste and UPM who process the materials at their facility.
“But my biggest thanks and most praise must go to all the residents in the District who do so much every week to ensure they recycle as much as possible.”
Items which are collected by the council include paper, tin cans, plastic and glass along separate pick ups for garden and food waste.