How good is Bude at recycling/reducing waste?

Cornwall Council has published figures which show that Bude is working its way up the table for recycling and waste reduction. These figures come from the Council website. 33.34% of Bude’s waste is recycled (could do better) but we fare slightly better on black bag bin waste reduction with Poundstock leading the way with a 37kg reduction and Bude on 33.6kg. Way to go for Grenville and Stratton though on 26kg. Figures are based on comparison with last year’s.

Top 10 recyclers

Electoral Ward  Percentage of waste recycled
Feock and Playing Place 40.66%
Mullion and Grade Ruan 34.46%
Truro Trehaverne 34.39%
Falmouth Boslowick 34.32%
Torpoint West 33.75%
St Agnes 33.52%
Bude 33.43%
Saltash West 32.20%
Wadebridge East 32.15%
Constantine, Mawnan and Budock 31.79%


Top 10 waste reducers

Electoral Ward      Black bag waste reduced by 
Torpoint West 46kg
Liskeard East 45.4kg
Torpoint East 45.2kg
Poundstock 37kg
Probus, Tregony and Grampound 34kg
Bude 33.6kg
Falmouth Boslowick 33kg
Illogan 31kg
Porthleven and Helston West 29kg
Grenville and Stratton 26kg


When it comes to protecting our environment and natural resources, reducing the amount of waste produced is even more effective than recycling, explained Sue James, Cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection.

“By reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place, we cut down on the use of raw materials and pollution associated with production,” she said. “We should all be aiming to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“These statistics show that communities across Cornwall are recycling, but there’s always more that can be done – there is the potential for households in Cornwall to recycle around 60 per cent of their waste.

“As part of our kerbside collections, we collect a range of items including paper, cardboard, tins/cans, tin foil, glass bottles, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.”

12 ideas for reducing waste

  • Avoid excessive food packaging in the supermarket – for example, buy loose vegetables. Supermarkets are slowly improving on this. Morrisons, for example, now has brown bags for potatoes, etc.
  • Buy only what you need – don’t be tempted by the ‘buy one get one free’ offers. Tempting but we then tend to throw the stuff away!
  • Start home composting – it’s a great way of getting rid of raw fruit and vegetable scraps. Some areas, like Torridge, collect food waste separately.
  • Carry a reusable bottle – always. There’s now no excuse!
  • Say no to plastic straws – again, no excuse.
  • Use refill stations for detergents. Does Bude have any? Please tell.
  • Say no to disposable cutlery.
  • Get your milk delivered. Depends where you live, of course.
  • Avoid microbeads. Aren’t these banned now?
  • Carry a shopping bag. Morsbags are great for this!
  • Pack a waste-free lunch re-using old takeaway boxes instead of cling film or foil.
  • Give experiences, not things, for Christmas and birthday presents – for example, help family and friends with gardening or babysitting, or treat them to a day out or a meal.

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