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
|Material and where it was sent
|General waste: sent for incineration/energy recovery
|General waste: landfilled
|Mixed recycling (excluding contamination)
|Green or garden waste: sent for composting
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
|Paper, card and cardboard*
|Glass bottles and jars*
|Tins, cans and aerosols*
|Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays*
|Contamination in mixed recycling*
|Green or garden waste
|Metals (extracted from incinerated general waste)
|Aggregates (extracted from incinerated general waste)
*approximate split of materials collected in orange recycling sacks and banks
The Western Riverside Waste Authority publishes information on recycling performance across the region (covering Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea).