Recycling and waste: statistics and information

Waste recycling and street cleansing performance

Reducing waste

In 2012/13, the council handled nearly 866 tonnes less municipal waste compared to the previous year (-1 percent), saving £107,000 in avoided disposal costs. 

The quantity of municipal waste has fallen every year for 10 years in a row, a total reduction of 33,500 tonnes.  This is despite an 8 percent increase in the number of local households during that time and equates to an avoided disposal cost of around £4.2m.  

Our waste compared with other councils

The typical Wandsworth household now produces only around 75 percent of the waste produced by typical households elsewhere in England. Wandsworth has the 9th lowest quantity of waste compared to the 33 London boroughs.

See how levels of residual household waste in Wandsworth compare with other London boroughs.

This chart shows how waste has fallen in Wandsworth since 2002/03 along with changes to what happens to it.

Municipal waste annual tonnage and primary treatment routes: 2002/03 to 2012/13

Municipal waste annual tonnage and primary treatment routes

Year

Landfilled (tonnes) Incinerated - disposed (tonnes) Incinerated (tonnes) Recycled, composted or re-used - excluding post incineration recycling (tonnes) Total (tonnes)
2002-03
125, 903
50
0
8, 656
134, 518
2003-04
116, 814
50
0
16, 788
133, 652
2004-05
107, 585
50
0
19, 317
126, 952
2005-06
96, 162
50
0
22, 337
118, 549
2006-07
93, 120
50
0
24, 713
117, 883
2007-08
88, 702
50
0
26, 510
115, 262
2008-09
83, 213
50
0
26, 697
109, 960
2009-10
80, 861
50
0
25, 251
106, 162
2010-11
76, 171
1, 742
0
27, 096
105, 009
2011-12
13, 241
43, 948
16, 657
28, 211
102, 057
2012-13
0
20, 648
20, 648
27, 858
101, 218

Recycling

Clear sack recycling (mainly low-rise housing)

Households receiving the clear sack recycling service separated around 32 percent of their waste for recycling in the clear sacks during 2012/13, down from around 34 percent the year before.  But around 15 percent of what was placed in the sacks was contamination (e.g. plastic bags, food scraps, general rubbish) that should not have have been included.   Excluding the contamination element, these households recycled around 27 percent of their waste using the clear sack service.

Orange-lidded bank recycling (mainly blocks of flats and estates)

Households receiving the orange-lidded bank service recycled around 20 percent of their waste in 2012/13, down from 21 percent the year before.  But just over a fifth of what was placed in these banks was contamination that should not have have been included.  Excluding the contamination element, these households recycled around 16 percent of their waste using the orange-lidded banks.

Recycling street cleaning waste

During 2012/13 the council cleared over 2,300 tonnes of "detritus" (small particles including dust, stones and decaying organic matter) from local roads of which over 90 percent was recycled e.g. as construction aggregates.  

Our recycling rates

In 2012/13 Wandsworth's household waste recycling rate was 25.9 percent.  See how Wandsworth's recycling performance compares with other London boroughs.

This rate includes waste that was composted or re-used and is consistent with published data for local authorities across England.  However, it excludes metals and aggregates recycled from the remains of rubbish sent for incineration at the energy-from-waste plant.  Recycling these metals increases Wandsworth's recycling rate to nearly 28 percent. 

The proportion of all municipal waste that was recycled, including both metals and aggregates recovered from incinerated refuse for recycling (e.g. in road building and construction projects) was 45.6%.

Waste collection contract: mixed recycling tonnage

Graph showing the tonnage of mixed recycling in Wandsworth

Year From orange lidded recycling banks (tonnes) Clear bags - formerly orange (tonnes)
2003/4
0 13, 511
2004/05
1, 000
15, 643
2005/06
2, 700
17, 031
2006/07
4, 200
18, 213
2007/08
4, 400
20, 938
2008/09
5, 100
19, 400
2009/10
6, 000
17, 500
2010/11
6, 458
18, 690
2011/12
6, 910
17, 719
2012/13
6, 566
16, 412

Street cleaning and flytips

The council's main street cleaning contractor cleared just under 9,500 tonnes of litter, flytips and detritus from Wandsworth's streets during 2012/13.

Monitoring how clean the land is

We monitor how clean our land is by inspecting over 900 samples every year, mainly 50 metre long stretches of highway but also covering parks and open land within council managed estates. In 2012/13, this survey found that 96 percent of land had acceptably low levels of litter accumulations.  See how this compares with other London boroughs.

Just over 1,500 flytip reports were received by the waste service during 2012/13, the lowest level for at least 14 years.

Further information about street cleaning.

Number of reported flytips

Number of reported flytips in Wandsworth
Year No. of reported flytips
1999/2000
4, 8655
2000/01
5, 190
2001/02
4, 499
2002/03
4, 498
2003/04
3, 454
2004/05
4, 689
2005/06
3, 894
2006/07
3, 804
2007/08
3, 295
2008/09
2, 072
2009/10
1, 850
2010/11
1, 796
2011/12
1, 560
2012/13
1, 546

Pages in Recycling and waste: statistics and information