Almost a third of all household waste is now recycled

Almost a third of all household waste is now recycled by residents in the borough, according to our latest figures released today.

In the opening three months of the 2017/18 financial year – April, May and June – a total of 30 per cent of household waste was recycled, which is an increase on the 26 per cent recycled for the whole of last year and 19 per cent for the year before.

Figures show in 2016/17, a total of 22,516 tonnes of rubbish was recycled by households across Barking and Dagenham – an average of 302kg per household.

The Mayor of London has set a target of recycling 50 per cent of local authority-collected waste by 2020. The average household in the capital currently recycles 32 per cent of their waste.

‘We can definitely continue to improve’

Councillor Lynda Rice, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “It is fantastic our borough’s residents are so enthusiastic to recycle and reduce our impact on the environment.

“We have made great progress over the last couple of years but we can definitely continue to improve and, by working together, I look forward to one day achieving the ultimate goal of never throwing anything into landfill.”

The figures are released as part of Recycle Week, which highlights how household waste can avoid landfill sites and be reused for another purpose.

Recycle for London, the capital’s recycling campaign, claims one recycled drinks can saves enough energy to charge 65 mobile phones and 20 plastic bottles help make a football shirt.

The news of the increase in recycling follows our ‘Slim your bin’ campaign earlier this year, which encouraged residents to recycle more and cut down on their household waste, as well as the launch of the green garden waste subscription scheme.