Global Recycling Day 2019: is London rubbish at recycling?


The Global Recycling Foundation has announced that Global Recycling Day on the 18th March will feature a ‘Recycling into the Future’ theme.

There is no doubt that recycling needs to be at the forefront of our minds for a better future – and London is a city that has the power to make a big difference.

The Mayor pledged in London’s Environment Strategy to increase total recycling in London from 52% to 65% by 2030.

The London Assembly Environment Committee report says 42% of household waste must be recycled in order to achieve the Mayor’s total recycling target of 65% by 2030.

European targets are aiming on meeting recycling targets for municipal waste of 55% by 2025 and 65% by 2035. This compares to a target of 50% by 2020 that the UK government and local authorities are currently working to.

There is also so much that Londoners can do as individuals and councils can encourage them to take action. Ultimately, households need to reduce their waste and prevent the need for recycling in the first place.

Using DEFRA’s latest statistics, we have created a series of interactive maps of London recycling rates with an accompanying UK Local Authority league table.

We have a range of interactive maps available for you to use: