London’s recycling rate increases for 2016/17

By 05/12/2017 News

Defra has today released the UK’s waste statistics, showing an increase in London’s overall recycling rate from 32% to 33%. London is one of only three English regions to have improved their recycling rate this year, against an overall England recycling rate of 43.7%.

London’s increased recycling rate is underpinned by strong performance across the capital’s boroughs, with around 70% of them achieving improvements. In fact London is the region with the second highest number of authorities showing an increase in recycling performance, including three authorities in the top ten for the largest improvements: Ealing, Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

We’ve reduced our waste to landfill as well: London has the fourth lowest regional percentage of waste to landfill, and the second highest regional decrease since 2015/16. We also have five of the authorities with the lowest household waste generation per head, although overall the region continues to have the third highest regional residual household waste at 567kg per household. However this has decreased from 587kg in 2015/16.

Against this good news there is still a lot of work to do – and Resource London will continue to work closely with waste authorities across the capital to help improve recycling rates.

Breakdown by waste authority

Authority Type 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 % change
Newham LB Collection 21.0% 17.7% 17.2% 14.7% 14.1% -0.6%
Westminster Unitary 21.7% 21.1% 19.1% 17.3% 17.4% 0.1%
Lewisham LB Unitary 20.0% 17.7% 17.1% 18.0% 17.7% -0.3%
Wandsworth LB Collection 23.5% 20.4% 20.7% 21.1% 21.9% 0.8%
H&F LB Collection 22.7% 20.5% 20.7% 22.0% 23.2% 1.2%
B&D LB Collection 26.8% 24.8% 23.4% 18.9% 25.3% 6.4%
RBKC Collection 26.4% 25.5% 25.3% 25.9% 25.7% -0.2%
Camden LB Collection 30.9% 29.3% 26.3% 24.8% 26.6% 1.8%
Redbridge LB Collection 29.4% 29.3% 28.7% 27.7% 26.7% -1.0%
Hackney LB Collection 24.3% 25.4% 25.3% 24.8% 27.0% 2.2%
Tower Hamlets LB Unitary 27.7% 28.0% 28.1% 26.7% 27.6% 0.9%
City of London Unitary 36.4% 38.8% 34.4% 30.8% 28.5% -2.3%
Lambeth LB Collection 22.8% 21.1% 28.3% 28.7% 28.8% 0.1%
Hounslow LB Collection 35.1% 35.1% 34.5% 33.8% 30.1% -3.7%
Islington LB Collection 31.4% 32.7% 32.8% 29.4% 31.6% 2.2%
Southwark LB Unitary 30.4% 34.3% 34.6% 35.0% 34.0% -1.0%
Waltham Forest LB Collection 30.8% 32.6% 35.5% 34.6% 34.4% -0.2%
Greenwich LB Unitary 39.9% 38.8% 34.3% 34.8% 34.9% 0.1%
Haringey LB Collection 31.7% 35.8% 37.3% 36.2% 35.7% -0.5%
Merton LB Unitary 38.9% 38.9% 37.5% 34.8% 35.7% 0.9%
Brent LB Collection 42.5% 40.8% 35.2% 35.8% 36.4% 0.6%
Sutton LB Unitary 36.5% 37.1% 37.6% 34.7% 36.5% 1.8%
Enfield LB Collection 38.8% 39.1% 38.5% 35.9% 37.2% 1.3%
Havering LB Collection 34.6% 31.5% 32.4% 31.8% 37.3% 5.5%
Barnet LB Collection 33.0% 36.4% 38.0% 36.8% 37.4% 0.6%
Croydon LB Unitary 44.3% 42.2% 39.9% 37.8% 38.6% 0.8%
Harrow LB Collection 44.8% 49.2% 45.1% 40.9% 39.7% -1.2%
Richmond LB Collection 46.0% 43.3% 41.2% 40.5% 42.4% 1.9%
Hillingdon LB Collection 43.0% 43.2% 43.8% 44.1% 43.4% -0.7%
Bromley LB Unitary 49.1% 49.6% 48.0% 46.3% 46.9% 0.6%
Kingston LB Unitary 46.3% 46.3% 45.7% 45.8% 47.0% 1.2%
Ealing LB Collection 40.6% 40.2% 40.1% 43.0% 50.7% 7.7%
Bexley LB Unitary 54.3% 55.2% 54.0% 52.0% 52.7% 0.7%
ELWA Disposal 25.0% 27.9% 25.8% -2.1%
WRWA Disposal 23.3% 23.3% 23.7% 0.4%
NLWA Disposal 33.3% 33.2% 32.2% -1.0%
WLWA Disposal 38.5% 40.1% 39.1% -1.0%
London Total 34.0% 33.9% 33.1% 32.0% 33.0% 1.0%