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Kingston Council thanks residents for helping to boost the borough’s recycling rates.

Thanks to Kingston residents, the borough’s recycling rate was 45.8% last year and we are set to recycle even more this year, with an estimated recycling rate of over 47%.

The introduction of the blue wheelie bin recycling service in February 2016 has led to a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill, increasing the rate of recycling whilst also saving the council money.

In the first year of the new service an additional 430 tonnes of paper and card was collected with an increase in the amount of plastic, cans, glass and garden waste also being recycled. Residents have also helped recycle an extra 157 tonnes of food waste over the past year.

To further boost recycling rates and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, the council will be launching ‘Local Green Points’, a recycling rewards scheme for the borough’s 20,000 flats in June. Alongside this, residents who live in flats will be provided with new recycling bins for paper, card and cardboard, and tins, glass and cartons.

A Kingston Council spokesperson said:

“It is great that Kingston continues to be one of London’s top performing borough’s for recycling. We are determined to build on this success and with the introduction of the new flats recycling service and recycling rewards scheme due to start this summer, we expect to see an increase in recycling rates within the next year.”

If you would like more information about how to recycle or to sign up to the garden waste collection service, visit our website www.kingston.gov.uk/recycling.