New interactive map shows how good your local council is at recycling all your rubbish – My London

New interactive map shows how good your local council is at recycling all your rubbish – My London

A new interactive map reveals the postcode lottery that exists for household waste recycling in England. There are huge disparities between what different councils across London and the rest of the country will collect for recycling from people’s homes.

Just 41.7 per cent of household waste across England was taken for reuse, recycling or composting in 2022/23, according to the latest data from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

But the recycling rates varied from just 17.7 per cent in Tower Hamlets – the lowest in London and the whole country – to 48.7 per cent in Bromley – the highest in London. This was still quite low when compared to some of the highest recyclers, such as South Oxfordshire, where the figure was 61.6 per cent.

You can use MyLondon’s interactive map to find the recycling rate of your local council along with what kerbside collections they make:

The 12-month rolling recycle rate for waste from households was 43.3 per cent across England in the year to April 2023. That’s down from 44.1 per cent a year earlier and from a record high of 45.5 per cent in the year to April 2020.

DEFRA has a target to get the municipal recycling rate to 65.0 per cent by the year 2035, and have no more than 10 per cent going to landfill.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, environment spokesperson for the LGA said: “Every place is different, and councils understand that what works for reducing waste in an urban tower block is different for a rural cottage.

“In order to boost recycling rates, businesses and manufacturers need to build waste reduction and the reuse of packaging into their operations, and local authorities need certainty on the timetable for implementation of the full set of Defra’s reforms to waste and recycling.

“This includes the new extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging, and funding for the implementation of simpler recycling reforms”.

Environment Minister Robbie Moore said: “Reducing waste and increasing recycling is crucial for protecting our environment for future generations. Overall, the amount of waste from households has gone down, but recycling rates have also fallen this year.

“We know there is more to do and that is why we are pushing forward with plans for a new, simpler common-sense approach to recycling – making recycling easier for everyone across the country.”

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