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Council recycles garden waste to get greener success

PUBLISHED: 20:27 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

A NEW fortnightly garden waste collection trial has got underway this week in London’s East End, which has the worst recycling record in Britain. Tower Hamlets still languishes at the bottom of the national league table, along with neighbouring Hackney, for local authority recycling. So Town hall bosses want to roll out’ their new pilot scheme across Tower Hamlets if it is successful

A NEW fortnightly garden waste collection trial has got underway this week in London's East End, which has the worst recycling record in Britain.

Tower Hamlets still languishes at the bottom of the national league table, along with neighbouring Hackney, for local authority recycling.

So Town hall bosses want to 'roll out' their new pilot scheme across Tower Hamlets if it is successful.

Garden waste makes up between four and 10 per cent of dustbin rubbish in the East End, they have worked out.

The authority anticipates collecting 600 tonnes of garden waste a year if the trials succeed.

Garden waste is currently collected by binmen from households every week.

But it ends up being sent to landfill sites in Essex with the rest of the household rubbish.

The pilot scheme takes in 10,000 households as well as some schools and churchyards, collecting grass cuttings, flowers, weeds, leaves, hedge clippings, small logs and branches as well as bedding from small pets.

All collected garden waste is being taken to a composting facility at Rainham.

The finished compost is then transported back to the East End for sale to garden lovers at the Northumberland Wharf refuse and recycling centre at Yabsley-street in Blackwall... a 'green' stone's throw from the Town Hall itself.

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