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Thursday, January 14, 2016

73 Councils In England Already Meet Or Exceed EU Recycling Target For The UK Of 50% Of Household Waste

To raise recycling levels and make sector safer more staff, more investment in vehicles and equipment and safer methods of working are needed to keep those providing these vital service safe says GMB.

There are seventy three councils in England where the rate of household recycling has already exceeded the EU target for the UK which is to recycle at least 50% of waste generated by households by 2020.

The top 10 councils in England for recycling are:  South Oxfordshire District Council where 67.3 60.4% of household waste is recycled, followed by Vale of White Horse District Council with 65.6% recycled, followed by Vale of White Horse District Council with 65.6%, Rochford District Council 65.2%, Surrey Heath Borough Council 63.3%, Three Rivers District Council 63.2%, Trafford MBC 61.9%, Stockport MBC 60.7%, Calderdale MBC 60.4%, Stratford-on-Avon District Council 60.3% and North Somerset Council 60.1%. The full list of the 73 councils with details is set out in notes to editors number 9 below.

In the 320 councils in England, out of the total household waste of 23,169,167 tonnes some 10,117,005 tonnes were sent for recycling, composting or reuse. That is 43.7% of the total household waste in England.

The % rates for recycling household waste in the English regions are as follows: Eastern with councils recycling 49.3%, followed by South West with 47.6% recycled, North West 46.5%, East Midlands    45.2%, South East 45.0%, Yorkshire and the Humber 43.6%, West Midlands 42.2%, North East 38.0% and London 33.1%. The full details for England and the nine regions are in the table below.

The 10 councils in England with the worst record for recycling household waste are as follows: Gosport Borough Council with 23.5% recycled, Barking and Dagenham with 23.4%, Portsmouth City Council 22.7%, Hammersmith and Fulham 20.7%, Wandsworth 20.7%,  Bassetlaw District Council 19.2%, Westminster City Council 19.1, Newham 17.2%, Lewisham 17.1%,  and Council of the Isles of Scilly with 14.1%.

This information is drawn from official data published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for the year 2014/15. See notes to editors below for sources and definitions. There is also data by region on the volume of waste incinerated. The raw data for all 320 councils in England is set out as a PDF at the foot of the national GMB press release at www.gmb.org.uk as are the regional press releases for each region in England. There are separate releases for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

   

Household - total waste (tonnes)

Household - waste sent for recycling/composting/reuse (tonnes)

Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting

         
 

England

23,169,167

10,117,005

43.7

         
 

Eastern

2,705,667

1,334,066

49.3

 

South West

2,450,598

1,165,602

47.6

 

North West

3,139,278

1,458,576

46.5

 

East Midlands

2,061,357

931,053

45.2

 

South East

3,966,271

1,786,577

45.0

 

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,265,445

988,273

43.6

 

West Midlands

2,404,045

1,014,924

42.2

 

North East

1,131,498

429,654

38.0

 

London

3,045,008

1,008,281

33.1

         

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer for refuse and recycling workers, said "It is a great credit to all those working in waste collection and recycling that such great strides have been made over the last decade to recycle more at the same time as increasing efficiency.

We are well on the way for many councils to meet the EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of waste generated by households by 2020. In addition to this, for the first time more waste is incinerated with energy recovery (30.1% of all local authority collected waste) than has been sent to landfill sites (24.6%). Although recycling is preferable, it still means less waste being sent to landfill.

Increased recycling has come at a cost. The waste sector is the most dangerous in the country to work in. 

GMB's research tells us two things. First, we need a sharing of expertise and knowledge which is vital to bring the recycling underachievers up to the levels of their peers. Second, to raise recycling levels even further, and make this sector safer, requires more staff to be employed, more investment in vehicles and equipment and safer methods of working to keep those providing these vital service safe."

Dan Shears, GMB National Officer for Health and Safety, added “There is no reason why this sector should be more dangerous than any other. The hazards are well known. This is simply about ensuring that councils and contractors give the time and the resources to follow the good practice that is already the case on many contracts.

GMB is doing all it can to help to reduce the level of accidents in the sector. This is why we have organised a conference for GMB workplace and health and safety representatives from the sector at our national office in February.”

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Contact: Justin Bowden 07710 631 351 or Gary Doolan 07952 182 358 or Dan Shears 07918 767781 or GMB Press Office 07860 401860 or 07921 289880 or 07974 251823

Notes to editors

England

1 Source: WasteDataFlow, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This data is based on data entered by local authorities onto WasteDataFlow: www.wastedataflow.org.

The data is for the year April 2014 to end of March 2015.

2 ‘Household Waste’ includes waste from household collection rounds, waste from services such as street sweeping, bulky waste collection, hazardous household waste collection, litter collections, household clinical waste collection and separate garden waste collection, waste from civic amenity sites and wastes separately collected for recycling or composting through bring/drop off schemes, kerbside schemes and at civic amenity sites.

3 ‘Recycling’ means the reprocessing in a production process of the waste materials for the original purpose, or for other purposes, but excluding energy recovery. This includes material collected for recycling by waste collection authorities (e.g. from kerbside collection, bring sites or street recycling bins), waste disposal authorities (e.g. from civic amenity sites), and by third party private/voluntary collections sent for recycling.

4 ‘Composting’ means the controlled biological decomposition and stabilization of organic substrates, under conditions that are permanently aerobic and that allow the development of thermophilic temperatures as a result of biologically produced heat. It results in a final product that has been sanitised and stabilised, is high in humic substances and can be used as a soil improver, as an ingredient in growing media, or blended to produce a top soil that will meet British Standard BS 3882.

5 ‘Reused items’ means items removed from the municipal waste stream and specifically the household waste element for its original or a different purpose without processing or treatment in a waste recovery operation (other than for repairing or refurbishing).

6 There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of waste generated by households by 2020.

7 The table below shows how many tonnes of all Local Authority collected waste are sent for incineration with energy from waste where the heat from the incineration process is captured and re-used.

 

2014/15

 

Incineration with Energy from Waste

% of all Local Authority Collected Waste

 

tonnes

 
     

England

7,773,000

30.1%

     

North East

 661,000

50.8%

London

 1,679,000

45.9%

West Midlands

 1,171,000

43.0%

South East

1,586,000

36.9%

East Midlands

632,000

27.7%

Yorkshire and the Humber

 658,000

26.3%

North West

600,000

17.3%

South West

 376,000

14.1%

Eastern

410,000

14.1%

 

8 Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary and a member of the Health and Safety Executive Board, will be giving the keynote speech at the conference next month for council refuse worker representatives and employers.

9 List of 73 councils where rate of household recycling has already exceeded the EU target for the UK which is to recycle at least 50% of waste generated by households by 2020.

 

 

 

Household - total waste (tonnes)

Household -

waste sent for recycling/composting/reuse (tonnes)

Percentage of household

waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting

 

 

 

 

 

rank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

South Oxfordshire District Council

 50,054

 33,698

67.3

2

Vale of White Horse District Council

 41,608

 27,281

65.6

3

Rochford District Council

 33,609

 21,920

65.2

4

Surrey Heath Borough Council

 29,429

 18,629

63.3

5

Three Rivers District Council

 34,900

 22,048

63.2

6

Trafford MBC

 81,935

 50,755

61.9

7

Stockport MBC

 102,268

 62,035

60.7

8

Calderdale MBC

 78,847

 47,602

60.4

9

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

 54,680

 32,956

60.3

10

North Somerset Council

 104,045

 62,529

60.1

11

South Northamptonshire District Council

 38,628

 23,144

59.9

12

West Oxfordshire District Council

 44,099

 26,218

59.5

13

Rutland County Council

 19,734

 11,665

59.1

14

Cheshire West and Chester

 160,597

 94,926

59.1

15

North Hertfordshire District Council

 48,612

 28,453

58.5

16

Epping Forest Borough Council

 53,222

 31,142

58.5

17

Woking Borough Council

 37,088

 21,671

58.4

18

South Cambridgeshire District Council

 60,819

 35,321

58.1

19

Cotswold District Council

 37,468

 21,734

58.0

20

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

 171,888

 98,866

57.5

21

Harborough District Council

 36,510

 20,991

57.5

22

Chiltern District Council

 34,676

 19,910

57.4

23

Huntingdonshire District Council

 68,935

 39,253

56.9

24

Cheshire East

 181,268

 102,983

56.8

25

Guildford Borough Council

 50,286

 28,544

56.8

26

East Cambridgeshire District Council

 32,041

 18,148

56.6

27

West Devon Borough Council

 19,831

 11,209

56.5

28

Suffolk Coastal District Council

 49,382

 27,888

56.5

29

Mole Valley District Council

 32,838

 18,259

55.6

30

Ashford Borough Council

 40,296

 22,296

55.3

31

Derbyshire Dales District Council

 28,190

 15,574

55.2

32

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

 38,204

 21,091

55.2

33

Warwick District Council

 49,825

 27,300

54.8

34

Cherwell District Council

 59,163

 32,404

54.8

35

Lichfield District Council

 43,327

 23,636

54.6

36

Dorset Waste Partnership

 194,984

 106,166

54.4

37

Braintree District Council

 57,071

 30,992

54.3

38

West Lindsey District Council

 40,023

 21,707

54.2

39

South Staffordshire Council

 46,263

 25,042

54.1

40

Bexley LB

 97,239

 52,548

54.0

41

Teignbridge District Council

 48,279

 25,909

53.7

42

South Hams District Council

 34,599

 18,461

53.4

43

Barnsley MBC

 99,829

 53,152

53.2

44

Stafford Borough Council

 53,475

 28,213

52.8

45

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

 43,241

 22,807

52.7

46

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

 48,205

 25,339

52.6

47

Wycombe District Council

 64,819

 34,013

52.5

48

Castle Point Borough Council

 32,541

 16,976

52.2

49

West Berkshire District Council

 80,856

 41,933

51.9

50

Milton Keynes Council

 119,408

 61,907

51.8

51

Waveney District Council

 50,846

 26,330

51.8

52

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

 46,073

 23,842

51.7

53

East Staffordshire Borough Council

 45,848

 23,717

51.7

54

Basildon District Council

 76,491

 39,562

51.7

55

Waverley Borough Council

 42,287

 21,856

51.7

56

Tandridge District Council

 29,010

 14,990

51.7

57

Bradford City MDC (MBC)

 197,455

 101,808

51.6

58

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

 48,478

 24,992

51.6

59

Aylesbury Vale District Council

 54,874

 28,208

51.4

60

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

 72,854

 37,426

51.4

61

Wyre Borough Council

 42,878

 21,913

51.1

62

Daventry District Council

 34,219

 17,482

51.1

63

Elmbridge Borough Council

 52,785

 26,878

50.9

64

Fenland District Council

 41,631

 21,129

50.8

65

South Bucks District Council

 22,852

 11,583

50.7

66

Tewkesbury Borough Council

 32,947

 16,692

50.7

67

Warrington Borough Council

 89,763

 45,337

50.5

68

St Albans City and District Council

 51,363

 25,897

50.4

69

Bath and North East Somerset Council

 74,528

 37,555

50.4

70

Uttlesford District Council

 29,308

 14,731

50.3

71

Cannock Chase Council

 38,757

 19,427

50.1

72

North Lincolnshire Council

 84,041

 42,104

50.1

73

Fylde Borough Council

 31,709

 15,863

50.0

 

 

 

           

 

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Household Waste 2014/15

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