Figures released by the Government have revealed that residents in the East Riding are recycling more household waste than anyone else in England.
The region beat 349 other areas to take the top position for the first time.
Residents in the East Riding recycled or compost 65.4% of all household rubbish in the 2016-2017 financial year, more than the national average which was 45.1%.
Last year the East Riding was second in the national results released annually by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said:
“We’re chuffed to bits with this result and it proves that East Riding residents really are the best recyclers in the country.
“We’re always looking at ways to improve and refine our service and we’re always helping and encouraging people to recycle.
“And our refuse collection teams do a fantastic job. They are genuinely part of the community and very much appreciated by the public.”
From that 112,130 tonnes of that waste was recycled, composted or reused.
The figure of 65.4% of waste recycled in the East Riding was down slightly on the 66.1% recorded for the authority for the previous year, 2015/2016
The two nearest councils in the national results were Rochford District Council in Essex in second place with 63.9% of rubbish recycled, and South Oxfordshire District Council in third place with 63.8%.
Two years ago the East Riding was in 22nd place on the table.
The national average recycling rate of 45.1% was the highest annual figure on record, up on last year’s figure of 44.4%.
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