Central Bedfordshire Council have praised their residents "magnificent" recycling record.
The latest figures from the council show that waste representing more than £2.6 million in landfill tax has been diverted from landfill.
The statistics also show that householders in Central Bedfordshire recycled 51.6% of their waste in 2010/11 - placing it seventh out of all unitary councils across the country.
In addition, residents produced 50kg less residual waste per person than the UK average.
If this waste had been disposed of in residents' black bins and sent to landfill, it would have cost the council £2.6 million in landfill tax.
Cllr Budge Wells, Deputy Member for Sustainable Communities Services said: "Recycling is not only good for our environment it's good for council taxpayers' pockets too.
"The landfill tax is going up next year to £64 per tonne so it's important we recycle more to help keep Central Bedfordshire's council tax down for residents in these tough times.
"However in the light of these new figures it looks like we are on track to reach our target of recycling 60% of our waste in 2020."
To find out how to contribute to and increase the recycling rate in Central Bedfordshire, go to Central Bedfordshire's website: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/recycling
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