Official figures rate Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in the countryâ€™s top ten for recycling a wide range of materials from kerbside collections.
This was revealed in a national survey of 397 local authorities conducted by the Governmentâ€™s Waste and Resources Action Programme.
The Councilâ€™s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Waste, Councillor Ian Robertson says: â€œThis is excellent news. We are delighted our recycling record has been recognised nationally, and that Southend is in the top ten of so many other authoritiesâ€.
â€œThe result is a thanks to the tremendous work undertaken by the Council in partnership with Cory to improve recycling opportunities in the borough, and it is also a tribute to our residents for making the most of the recycling chances offered.â€
â€œCongratulations to all concerned, and letâ€™s keep up the good work!Â Â We are doing really well but there is always the opportunity of doing just that little bit betterâ€.
The Managing Director of Cory Environmental Municipal Services Ltd Paul Redman says: â€œI am proud that Cory has been able to help the Council achieve a position in the top ten and it is good to see the hard work of all of our staff recognised in this wayâ€.