For the first time, Leeds residents have recycled more than half their rubbish.
The 50 per cent barrier was broken in June, when recycling rates hit an all-time high.
By making the most of green recycling bins, brown garden bins and recycling points and centres, 52 per cent of waste from across the city was recycled; the highest ever for a single month.
The performance takes the city’s overall recycling rate for 2013/14 so far to just over 47%.
This means that 7,000 tonnes less waste has been sent to landfill so far compared to the previous year.
The news follows a recent report to the council’s executive board which highlights the success of the first phase of the new bin service.
With more frequent green bin collections, over 56,000 residents recycled 43 per cent more than in the same period in the previous year.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said: “We’re over the moon with these figures. It shows that our strategy and the services put in place to help people recycle as much as possible are paying off.
“Breaking the 50 per cent threshold is a clear indication that we’re on the right track to reach our target of recycling 55 per cent by 2016. It wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of residents and our staff so a huge thanks to everyone for their continued efforts and support.”
He said the city was totally committed to increasing how much the city recycled as a whole, so that the population can reap the environmental and financial benefits.
The most recent figures show that recycling in Leeds has seen less waste go into black bins in areas receiving the new bin service.
In 2012/13, Leeds residents recycled 40.2 per cent of their waste in kerbside bins and by recycling at household waste sorting sites and bring sites across the city. So far, based on information received, enthusiasm for recycling is set to increase.