Council bosses have come under fire after figures emerged revealing recycling rates in the borough to be among the lowest in Lancashire.
Figures released by recycling and resource management company Sita show that just over a third of household waste produced in Hyndburn was recycled in the last year.
The figures mean that Hyndburn is ranked as the 254th worst for recycling out of the 326 districts in England.
Based on the most recent officially reported annual statistics, local authorities in England achieved an average recycling performance of around 44 per cent, with Hyndburn on 34 per cent.
Conservative group leader Peter Britcliffe said the figures were ‘very disappointing’.
He said: “To hear that Hyndburn is towards the bottom in Lancashire is very disappointing. This has not always been the case.
“At one time we were one of the best. It is disappointing we have let that slip. We need to make sure that people recycle, it’s very important.”
Deputy leader Paul Cox hit back, saying that the rate in Hyndburn was low due to the borough having less garden waste.
He said: “I’d like to thank all our residents for their dedication and support in recycling their household waste.
“As always there are many ways to view statistics. All local authority recycling rates published by DEFRA combine dry recycling, which is cans, plastics and the like and green recycling which is garden waste.
“Looking at the best performers they all have a very high number of gardened properties and therefore high percentages of green waste recyclin.
“Along with other authorities in East Lancashire, the majority of Hyndburn properties don’t have gardens so we naturally have a lower rate.”
He added: “Looking at the same information for Hyndburn’s dry recycling, it’s 70 per cent of our total recycling, which is the second highest percentage in the North West and 63rd out of all 356 authorities in the country so our residents can feel very proud of their achievements.”