Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs - recycling and incineration

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5033
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to published data, the household recycling rates of the Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea) have fallen significantly over a two year period since the Belvedere Energy from Waste plant went into operation in 2012. Are you concerned by the detrimental implications of this on your waste hierarchy which prioritises reuse, recycling and composting, over incineration with energy recovery, which you identify as one of the least desirable waste treatment options?

Answer

Answer for Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs - recycling and incineration

Answer for Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs - recycling and incineration

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand the main reason for the decline in recycling rates for the Western Riverside boroughs is down to higher than normal contamination levels in collected recyclable material sorted at the material recycling facility at Smugglers Way. Through the London Waste and Recycling Board I am supporting communication activity with the boroughs to reduce contamination levels in household recycling collection services to help ensure that what residents put out for recycling gets recycled. I am satisfied this is a short term problem that once resolved will see the Riverside boroughs' recycling rates rise again.