Waste and performance

News from Jenny Jones (past staff): London's worst annual recycling fall

02 December 2015

According to annual data published by Defra, twenty out of thirty three London Boroughs recycled and composted less waste in 2014/15 compared to the previous year. The largest drop was recorded in the London Borough of Brent, which recycled 5.6 percentage points less. The worst performing borough is LB Lewisham with 17.1 per cent (1).

The Mayor’s household recycling target is to exceed 45 per cent by 2015 (2). However London only managed to recycle 33.1 per cent in 2014/15, down from 33.9 per cent the previous year (3). This is the largest drop since 2000 when annual data was first published.

The data release also revealed that the proportion of London’s household waste incinerated (with EfW) in 2014/15 was 45.9 per cent, an increase of 5 per cent on the previous year (4).This does not include the additional 300,000 tonne annual waste capacity expected from the Viridor incinerator in Sutton that the Mayor of London granted planning permission (5).

Jenny Jones AM said:

“In the last two years London’s recycling rates have started going in the wrong direction and even former trailblazing boroughs such as Bexley and Bromley are now being affected by this rot. It reverses a thirteen year trend when recycling rates were increasing year on year. Londoners want to recycle more but councils have failed to lay on the new facilities and are burning the waste instead.”

“The next Mayor will have to work hard to turn around this dismal legacy, by building sufficient recycling facilities and anaerobic digestors for converting food waste into green energy.”

“The Mayor’s own London Plan shows that we could be recycling 85 per cent (6) of household waste, but instead of treating waste as a resource, recycling it and reusing it, London is incinerating more than ever. And the situation is likely to worsen if the massive new incinerator, which the Mayor backed, goes ahead in Sutton”

Editors Notes

London Local Authority

Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting (Ex NI192) - 2013/14 *

2014/15 Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting (Ex NI192) - 2014/15 **

percentage change

Bexley LB

55.21%

54.04%

-1.2%

Bromley LB

49.63%

48.02%

-1.6%

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

46.29%

45.73%

-0.6%

Harrow LB

49.15%

45.14%

-4.0%

Hillingdon LB

43.15%

43.83%

0.7%

Richmond upon Thames LB

43.29%

41.19%

-2.1%

Ealing LB

40.15%

40.11%

0.0%

Croydon LB

42.16%

39.90%

-2.3%

Enfield LB

39.12%

38.46%

-0.7%

Barnet LB

36.35%

37.95%

1.6%

Sutton LB

37.06%

37.57%

0.5%

Merton LB

38.87%

37.48%

-1.4%

Haringey LB

35.81%

37.33%

1.5%

Waltham Forest LB

32.57%

35.46%

2.9%

Brent LB

40.81%

35.21%

-5.6%

Southwark LB

34.30%

34.58%

0.3%

Hounslow LB

35.14%

34.47%

-0.7%

City of London

38.80%

34.38%

-4.4%

Greenwich LB

38.83%

34.34%

-4.5%

Islington LB

32.68%

32.80%

0.1%

Havering LB

31.51%

32.42%

0.9%

Redbridge LB

29.32%

28.69%

-0.6%

Lambeth LB

21.14%

28.29%

7.2%

Tower Hamlets LB

27.99%

28.12%

0.1%

Camden LB

29.32%

26.25%

-3.1%

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

25.45%

25.31%

-0.1%

Hackney LB

25.44%

25.26%

-0.2%

Barking and Dagenham LB

24.80%

23.42%

-1.4%

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

20.53%

20.73%

0.2%

Wandsworth LB

20.44%

20.70%

0.3%

Westminster City Council

21.07%

19.12%

-2.0%

Newham LB

17.65%

17.16%

-0.5%

Lewisham LB

17.66%

17.09%

-0.6%

* Annual results for 2013/14 local authority collected waste, published 18th November 2014. Statistical datasets https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-local-authorit... Excel file  ‘Local authority collected waste generation from April 2000 to March 2014 (England and regions) and local authority data April 2013 to March 2014' Table 3: Selected Waste Indicators 2013/14

**   Annual results fro 2014/15 local authority collected waste, published on 1 December 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-local-authorit... 'Local authority collected waste generation from April 2000 to March 2015 (England and regions) and local authority data April 2014 to March 2015' Table 3: Selected Waste Indicators 2014/15

(1) Annual results for 2014/15 local authority collected waste, published on 1 December 2015.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-local-authority-collected-waste-annual-results-tables

'Local authority collected waste generation from April 2000 to March 2015 (England and regions) and local authority data April 2014 to March 2015' Table 3: Selected Waste Indicators 2014/15

(2)  The London Plan, spatial development strategy for Greater London, 2011, policy 5.16 https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/current-london...

(3) Annual results for 2014/15 local authority collected waste, published on 1 December 2015.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-local-authority-collected-waste-annual-results-tables

'Local authority collected waste generation from April 2000 to March 2015 (England and regions) and local authority data April 2014 to March 2015' Table 3a: Regional Household Recycling Rates 2000/01 to 2014/15

(4) Annual results for 2014/15 local authority collected waste, published on 1 December 2015.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-local-authority-collected-waste-annual-results-tables

'Local authority collected waste generation from April 2000 to March 2015 (England and regions) and local authority data April 2014 to March 2015' Table 2a: Management of Local Authority Collected Waste 2000/01 to 2014/15

(5) Press Release from Jenny Jones AM Boris backs massive waste incinerator in South London

http://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-member-press-releases/green-party/2013/08/news-from-jenny-jones-am-boris-backs-massive-waste-incinerator

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Judge-upholds-Sutton-Council-s-decision-approve/story-24297537-detail/story.html#ixzz3JcIdUQ6k

(6)  The London Plan, spatial development strategy for Greater London, 2011, policy 5.16  https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/current-london...

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