Kingston reaches new recycling rate record thanks to residents’ efforts

Recycling collection staff stand with large recycling containers

Newly-released figures show that over half of Kingston’s rubbish was recycled or composted between April and June 2017, which is a new record for the Royal Borough.

With a recycling rate of 50.6% for this period, DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also show Kingston has remained as the third best performing borough in London for recycling in 2016/17.

Latest data also show that the amount of waste collected for disposal to landfill or energy recovery has reduced compared to last year*, saving an estimated £60,000 for 2017/18 in waste disposal costs.

Cllr Phil Doyle, portfolio holder for waste services at Kingston Council, said:

“This is fantastic news and the first time Kingston’s recycling rate has been this high. Credit goes to our residents for an increase in both food waste recycling and use of the new recycling system for residents who live in purpose built flats across the borough. We are dedicated to reaching our target of recycling of 50% for the year and the results of the first quarter of the 2017/18 year make very encouraging reading.

“Our overall recycling rate is increasing year on year, from 45.8% for 2015/16 to 47% for 2016/17. If our recycling team and the community continue this good work, my hope is that we see another record-breaking year of sustainability in Kingston.”

Green waste recycling in Kingston has continued to rise this year and recycling rates for paper, card, plastic, glass, cans and cartons remain at the highest level since 2014/15. In an effort to help further increase recycling in the borough, the council has recently introduced optional green wheelie bins for residents who recycle large amounts of plastics, cans, glass and cartons.

In the lead up to and during the festive period, residents are being reminded to recycle as much as possible, especially food waste. To order more recycling containers, or get more information on recycling, including Christmas and new year collection dates, visit

Notes to editors:

  • This data relates to the first two quarters (April - September) of 2016. The April - June 2017 results cover the first quarter of the 2016/17 year. The results for the second quarter (July - September) will be available in the new year.
  • The DEFRA published figures for recycling in 2016/17 for Kingston is 47%.