Kingston Conservatives record of Delivery: Recycling rates
As Conservatives we care deeply about the environment. We want to protect it as much as possible so that we have a Borough fit enough to pass onto our children and grandchildren when we’re gone. One of the ways in which we’re doing this is through recycling more and sending less to landfill sites.
Since being elected in 2014, Kingston Conservatives have made it their commitment to improve the Borough’s recycling rates by improving recycling collections and encouraging higher numbers of residents to recycle.
Did Kingston always have high recycling rates?
No, before the Conservatives took over, Kingston’s recycling rates had stagnated. The recycling system we had was outdated and the containers that residents used meant that vital recyclables like cardboard couldn’t be recycled if it rained. Yet the Lib Dem administration which had been in power for over 12 years had no ideas on how to improve the service meaning that residents were paying more as the Council was charged for the waste it sent to landfill.
So what have the Conservatives done to fix this?
When we were elected in 2014 we set about fixing the Lib Dems mess. We needed to find better ways of recycling and increasing our recycling rates and we have. We introduced new containers meaning that recyclables such as cardboard wouldn’t be ruined and we have extended recycling to flats across Kingston. This was a change which the Lib Dems opposed even though it was due to deliver significant savings and benefits to the people of Kingston. Recently we have also introduced a new voluntary recycling wheelie bin to replace the old containers and these have proved immensely popular.
Have we seen any improvements from these changes?
Ever since we improved the Borough’s recycling system we have seen a number of improvements year on year.
Thanks to the hard work of residents Kingston has now been ranked as the 3rd best in London for recycling. With your help we have With your help we have seen the overall recycling rate increase year on year by 5% (Oct 2015 to 2016). In this period we also saw increases of 7% in cardboard and 5% in glass, plastic and metal and a staggering 24% increase in green waste. In the past year alone we have increased our recycling rate to from 47% to 50%.
Kingston has also now been recognised as the second greenest Borough in London and has the third best recycling rates of all the London Boroughs, all thanks to those residents who recycle their household waste.
Sahan from New Malden said,
Our family never used to recycle rubbish but now it gives the kids a good feeling to know we are all doing something to bring down the amount of rubbish being buried and also helping the planet at the same time.
We introduced a new waste and recycling collection scheme because we needed to find better ways of recycling and increase our recycling rates, and we have delivered. Recycling rates are up, residents are recycling more and we’re actively looking at more ways in which we can make it easier for residents to recycle whilst also improving efficiencies.
Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Resident Services said,
We’ve made some really important strides forward in how we recycle as a Borough. Not only have we increased our recycling rates but we’re now the third best in London for recycling. This is a fantastic achievement and one which residents up and down the Borough should be proud of. I hope that we can have more record breaking years of sustainability and high recycling rates.