Recycling rate reaches new high thanks to residents' efforts
Newly-released figures show that over half of Kingston’s rubbish was recycled or composted between April and June 2017, which is a new record high for Kingston.
With a recycling rate of 50.6% for this period, figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), also show that Kingston has remained as the third best performing borough in London for recycling in 2016/17.
The latest data also shows that the amount of waste collected for disposal to landfill or energy recovery has reduced compared to last year, saving an estimated £60,000 for 2017/18 in waste disposal costs. In further good news, green waste recycling in Kingston has continued to rise this year and recycling rates for paper, card, plastic, glass, cans and cartons remain at the highest level since 2014/15. In an effort to help further increase recycling in the borough, the Council has recently introduced optional green wheelie bins for residents who recycle large amounts of plastics, cans, glass and cartons.
Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio holder for Waste services at Kingston Council, said:
This is fantastic news and the first time Kingston’s recycling rate has been this high. Credit goes to our residents for an increase in both food waste recycling and use of the new recycling system for residents who live in purpose built flats across the borough. We are committed to reaching our recycling target of 50% for the year and the results of the first quarter of the 2017/18 year make for very encouraging reading.
It should also be said that thanks to the hard work of residents, our overall recycling rate is also increasing year on year, from 45.8% for 2015/16 to 47% for 2016/17. If our recycling team and the community continue this good work, my hope is that we see another record-breaking year of sustainability in Kingston.