Thanks to Kingston residents, the borough’s recycling rate improved last year and we are set to recycle even more this year, with an estimated recycling rate of over 47%.
Since the Conservative administration introduced the blue wheelie bin recycling service in February 2016 there has been a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill, saving tax-payer's money.
In the first year of the new service an additional 430 tonnes of paper and card was collected with an increase in the amount of plastic, cans, glass and garden waste also being recycled. Residents have also helped recycle an extra 157 tonnes of food waste over the past year.
To further boost recycling rates and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, the Conservatives launched ‘Local Green Points’, a recycling rewards scheme for the borough’s 20,000 flats in June. Residents who live in flats will be provided with new recycling bins for paper, card and cardboard, and tins, glass and cartons.