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Election Day -32: Westminster Recycling – a Trashy Performance

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Westminster City Council makes a lot of noise about its recycling – it has promised to increase the amount of residents’ waste it recycles (Area Forums) and puffs up its own performance in its glossy Reporter magazine (paid for by us, the council tax payers) – “Westminster City Council …. celebrate the news that all residents will now benefit from a full recycling service”.

How disappointing then that Westminster’s been named and shamed in Parliament as one of the 21 local authorities during 2008-09 which didn’t meet its own target for recycling. Despite setting itself a very modest rate of 25% of waste to be recycled, it only managed a meagre 23.04%. Yet again Westminster, must do better.

(Thanks to Stuart B)


Written by markblackburn

April 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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  1. Having previously lived in Hammersmith & Fulham and Lambeth (as well as Bristol and Exeter prior to that), Westminster’s recycling facilities are easily the worst I’ve encountered.

    Recycling anything other than “the basics” requires a lot more effort in Westminster than in other London boroughs and while I don’t mind collecting together my Tetra Paks and taking them to one of a handful of recycling points, I doubt many other people bother.

    I’d be interested to know if the 23% statistic refers to just residential property or commercial buildings as well. Westminster surely has an unusually high proportion of commercial property to residential which would definitely make a big difference in the way that the council must manage its recycling. I often feel as though Westminster council serves businesses better than residents.


    April 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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