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Newham’s recycling rate worst in London

PUBLISHED: 18:08 16 December 2016 | UPDATED: 18:33 16 December 2016

Recycling bins (Picture: Steve Parsons/PA)

Recycling bins (Picture: Steve Parsons/PA)

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Do you recycle your rubbish? If so, you’re in the minority.

Newham’s households recycle just 14.7 per cent of rubbish – the worst rate in the capital.

The figures, released today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, show that the borough is a long way from the London-wide target of 45pc.

The city as a whole recycled 29.6pc of its waste in 2015/16, with 46pc being sent to incinerators – an increase of 22pc in just five years.

London Assembly Member Caroline Russell called for recycling to be made easier.

She said: ““Different boroughs have different recycling systems which is confusing for people moving around London.

“Standardising this across the city would help Londoners know what they’re supposed to do with their refuse.

According to the research, people living in south-east London are most likely to recycle, with Bexley and Bromley topping the chart with 52pc and 46pc respectively.


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