More London homeowners and tenants are recycling their waste

Wednesday 15 May 2013 11:16

According to research conducted by Haringey Council, the London Borough of Haringey has witnessed a notable increase in household waste recycling in the last year. Between 2012 and 2013, 32 percent of household waste was recycled in the borough, which compares to 26 percent in the previous 12 month period.

This reflects the London-wide average of 32.4 percent, although this is still significantly below the UK recycling average of 40 percent. Indeed, over the last 10-15, the UK has witnessed the fastest increase in recycling in Europe, with 39 percent of municipal waste being recycled in 2010, compared to just 12 percent in 2001.

Plans to boost recycling in Haringey borough by more than a third

Haringey Council, which has ambitious plans to save around £900,000 a year in its waste collection services, aims to boost recycling in the borough by up to 40 percent within two years. In an attempt to encourage more people in the borough to recycle, the council collects recycled waste every week but only collects household waste every fortnight.

Thanks to this new policy, Haringey is already recycling approximately 120 extra tonnes of glass cans, plastic and paper every week, which represents an increase of almost 50 percent compared with the previous year. Meanwhile, in 2013 it was announced that more than 14,000 households in the Borough of Hackney would be able to recycle their metal, plastic waste and metal in green sacks, which will help to contribute towards north London's 50 percent recycling target by 2020.

Recycling – a cheaper alternative than traditional waste collection

Councils across London pay an average of £100 to collect and process a typical tonne of recyclable materials, which is significantly cheaper than the £130 it costs to dispose a tonne of non-recyclable waste. Homeowners, tenants and businesses who deposit their recycled items in a hired skip are also helping to reduce landfill usage and their carbon footprints.

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