Recycling Rates

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor congratulate London's boroughs on increasing their collective household recycling rate to 29% in 2008/09, from 25% in 2007/08, and Bexley and Harrow in particular for achieving the highest annual recycling rates in London of 51% and 43% respectively? What more needs to be done to improve recycling in Newham and Tower Hamlets, which have the lowest rates in London?


Answer for Recycling Rates

Answer for Recycling Rates

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased to see that London's recycling rate for household waste has increased from 25 per cent in 2007/08 to 29 per cent in 2008/09 and I wish to thank London's boroughs for all the hard work they have put in to achieve this. However London still performs worst out of all the English regions and when you consider that London's municipal waste recycling rate average in 2008/09 was only 24 per cent the story does not sound so good. Collectively London still has a long way to go to achieve the recycling rates we need to.

You are correct in that there are some very high achieving London boroughs in particular Bexley with 51 per cent household waste recycling and Harrow, Richmond and Greenwich all achieving household waste recycling rates in the low forties. You identify Tower Hamlets as one of the worst performing London boroughs but I would like to point out that they have improved by six percentage points from 13 per cent in 2007/08 to 19 per cent in 2008/09 and I congratulate them on this improvement.

London does need to do a lot more if we are to achieve the targets I am proposing and my forthcoming draft municipal waste management strategy will set out exactly what this is but in short it is a combination of convenient access to recycling collection systems, coherent and consistent information on what, where and why recycle and the right incentives to encourage Londoners, and London boroughs, to make that little bit extra effort. *