Mayor's 2015 Recycling target - what happened

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Two years ago when I asked you (2013/0859) where you expected London's overall household recycling rate to be in 2015, you said "I want London to achieve a 45 per cent municipal waste recycling rate as forecasted in my municipal waste management strategy".  Last year I repeated this question (2014/5032) and you said "I still want London to reach my 45% recycling target in 2015/16".  What is your response to the latest annual recycling figures published by DEFRA which revealed that London only managed to recycle 33.1% of household waste in 2014/15?


Answer for Mayor's 2015 Recycling target - what happened

Answer for Mayor's 2015 Recycling target - what happened

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's 2014/15 recycling performance is disappointing - a 1 per cent fall on last year's performance. It is important to note that the entire country's recycling performance has again stalled.

It's also worth mentioning that Londoners continue to be the lowest producers of waste per head, and five London boroughs are amongst the top ten boroughs in the country producing the least waste. This should be celebrated in light of sustained population and economic growth.

London's high proportion of high density housing stock, varied collection services by borough, and transient and diverse populations all challenge local authorities to deliver cost effective and well participated recycling services. There is no denying that considerable and united effort is needed to improve collection services and invest in more local recycling infrastructure to get London up to 45 per cent recycling performance over the next year.

LWARB have invested tens of millions of pounds into new recycling infrastructure in London, and its new Resource London programme will provide funding and communications support to London boroughs to deliver consistent and high quality recycling collection services.