The south-east London borough of Lewisham has been named the worst borough for household recycling in London following research carried out by a private sector waste company.
The information was taken from official data collected by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and local authorities.
The national average for householder recycling is 44.9% in England.
According to the latest statistics, only 17.1% of residents in Lewisham are recycling their waste. While the residents of Newham aren’t performing much better, with only 17.2% their taking the time to recycle.
Out of the 32 London boroughs, it was Bexley which came out on top in this recycling war. An impressive 54% of householders here are regular recyclers; more than the national average.
Bromley and Kingston-upon-Thames were the only other boroughs beating the national average, with rates of 48% and 45.7% respectively.
Westminster was ranked 30 out of the 32 boroughs for its householders commitment to recycling, with a rate of 19.1%.
One industry expert involved in the research said he was surprised that the rate for Westminster was so low below the national average, considering it is one of the wealthiest London boroughs.
London’s seemingly poor recycling attitude has been blamed on the city’s growing population, which makes recycling harder to enforce, and the number of rented accommodation compared to properties occupied by homeowners.
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