GREEN-fingered residents have helped return a bumper set of recycling statistics for South Lakeland District Council.

Tonnages for the amount of garden waste collected by SLDC are up 150 tonnes for January alone, a meeting heard last night (Thursday).

In January 2013, 324 tonnes of green waste was collected but that rose to 477 tonnes in January 2014.

The recycling rate for 2013/14 to the end of quarter three was also up to 45.2 per cent to 43.7 per cent for the same period last year.

Coun Sue Sanderson, the Lib Dem portfolio holder for environment, reported to a meeting of South Lakeland District Council heard that Christmas trees and last year's hot summer had led to the increases.