Recycling and waste: statistics and information

What and how much do we recycle?

What types of waste do we collect and what happens to it?

During 2012/13 we collected 101,218 tonnes of municipal waste.

The following pie chart shows the main types of waste we collected.  The quantity of some materials, such as domestic clinical waste, is too small to show on the chart.  

Most general waste sent for energy recovery is collected from local households, but some comes from other sources such as street cleansing and schools.

Waste collection and where it went: April 2012 to March 2013

A pie chart to show what we collected and what we did with it in 2011 - 2012

Material and where it was sent
Tonnes
General waste: sent for incineration/energy recovery
63, 197
General waste: landfilled
10, 463
Mixed recycling (excluding contamination)
21, 132
Green or garden waste: sent for composting
622
Detritus: recycled
2, 639
Detritus: landfilled
265
Other 2, 900
TOTAL 101, 218

What materials were recycled?

During 2012/13 we sent over 46,000 tonnes of municipal waste for recycling, including metals and aggregates recovered for recycling from incinerated general waste.  This figure includes 23,500 tonnes of mixed materials recycled by residents using their orange (now clear) recycling sack or orange-lidded recycling bank as well as over 20,600 tonnes of metals and aggregates recovered from residual rubbish sent for incineration with energy recovery. 

The chart below shows the different materials that were recycled.  Most of the paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and cans were collected mixed together in recycling sacks and orange-lidded banks.  The chart shows the approximate quantities after these were sorted out at a Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF).

What we recycled during 2012/13

What and how much we recycled from 2011 to 2012

Materials Tonnes
Paper, card and cardboard*
12, 162
Glass bottles and jars*
4, 870
Tins, cans and aerosols*
682
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays*
1, 623
Cartons*
212
Contamination in mixed recycling*
2, 393
Green or garden waste
622
Detritus 2, 639
Textiles
158
Metals (extracted from incinerated general waste)
1, 652
Aggregates (extracted from incinerated general waste)
18, 996
TOTAL
46,009

*approximate split of materials collected in orange recycling sacks and banks

Further information

The Western Riverside Waste Authority publishes information on recycling performance across the region (covering Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea).

 

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