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We’re still down in the dumps for poor waste recycling

PUBLISHED: 19:53 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

THE deprived East End of London is at the very bottom of Britain’s recycling list for local authorities—for the second year running. Two East London boroughs are still lagging way behind other parts of the capital and the rest of the country for recycling household waste. New figures show Tower Hamlets council the worst, recycling only 13 per cent

THE deprived East End of London is at the very bottom of Britain’s recycling list for local authorities—for the second year running.

Two East London boroughs are still lagging way behind other parts of the capital and the rest of the country for recycling household waste.

New figures show Tower Hamlets council the worst, recycling only 13 per cent of its household waste.

Last year’s figure was even worse—only seven per cent.

Neighbouring Newham was second worst, recycling only 14 per cent, compared to just over seven per cent a year ago, while nearby Hackney has done a little better at 22 per cent.

Even the East London Waste Authority, specially set up to boost local authority recycling, only managed 20 per cent.

That’s a long way from London’s top of the pile’ borough of Bexley, in the leafy suburbs, recycling 42 per cent.

Households across Greater London recycle 26 per cent overall, compared to 42 per cent in the East Midlands and 41 per cent in East Anglia.

A shocked London Assembly Green party member Jean Lambert said: “We’re still lagging behind the rest of the country.

“London should be recycling far more to help preserve our finite resources and save energy.”

Most London households now have a doorstep collection.

But she added: “The standard of service is a real concern in some areas.”

New EU targets mean the UK has to recycle half its paper, metal and glass from households.

But East London, especially Tower Hamlets and Newham, has a long way to go before it meets this level.

Best and worst authorities in the City and East London were:

City 33 per cent

Waltham Forest 30

Havering 24

Redbridge 22

Hackney 22

Barking & Dagenham 20

East London Waste Authority 20

Newham 14

Tower Hamlets 13

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