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Bexley rates as number one borough for recycling in London, but residents want to do more

PUBLISHED: 17:28 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 18 January 2018

Recycling percentages in Bexley. Picture: Archant

Recycling percentages in Bexley. Picture: Archant

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Bexley has been named as the top recycling borough in London, with 52.7pc of waste sent to recycling or composting.

However, a third of residents say that they would be able to recycle more if they had more than one bin at home, and more than half of those asked are experiencing serious ‘bin-digestion’ - where the piling up of recycling items around their rubbish bins has become problematic.

As many as 32pc have admitted to being ‘embarrassed’ about others seeing how messy their bin area is.

Recycle for London has launched a new campaign, ‘One bin is rubbish - sort it out’, to help residents of Bexley, and other London boroughs, tackle the lack of bins or containers to put their recycling into at home.

The survey was conducted with 2,000 London residents, across all 33 boroughs, and highlighted a lack of space in homes for indoor bins as the biggest challenge to staying on top of recycling.

Antony Buchan, from the campaign, said: “Managing recycling at home is something we have to do every day, so it’s not surprising that the majority of London residents regularly suffer from the clutter and mess that comes with it.

“But the good news is there are simple things that can be done to help get to grips with this.”

The campaign has released a series of tips on how to keep on top of items needing to be recycled, including:

1. Keeping a basket under the stairs or by the front door as a holding area for papers/magazines

2. Using “bags for life” to store bottles for recycling, and hanging them on the inside of a kitchen cupboard door/utility cupboard to keep them out of sight

3. Getting your children to decorate a plastic or cardboard box to store all the recycling – this will make it look nicer and encourage them to use it too

4. Storing an old bucket under the sink to put cans, glass and plastic in after they have been rinsed them out

5. Re-using cardboard wine carriers to store glass bottles neatly for recycling.

Bexley council have stated that the borough is provided with adequate measures to maintain its good levels of recycling.

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for the Community safety, Environment and Leisure, said: “Bexley has been the Number One Borough in London for recycling for 13 years in a row, and we provide residents with all the tools to recycle.

“Every household receives four bins so they can recycle plastics, glass, paper and food, and these bins are collected every week.

“We also have many recycling points across the borough, including two large waste and recycling centres, and we have our Green Points scheme which encourages recycling in flats.

“Indeed this scheme is currently in the running for a prestigious award and our Waste and Recycling staff are recognised as being among the UK’s leading experts on recycling.”

He also stated that Bexley residents are behind the recycling efforts, and that they cannot be thanked enough for all their support.

“I am so proud of how we have been able to stay Number one in London for over a decade and we intend to stay at the top for years to come.”

Ali Moore, campaigns manager at Recycle for London, said: “The research found that Londoners don’t tend to own a second bin in their house.

“We want to encourage people to use another bin or container to get them to recycle.

“Some London boroughs show rates of lower than 30pc of homes recycling, we would like to see more of them hit the 50pc or more mark, so Bexley should be very proud of how much they seem to recycle.

“Up to 70pc of what people throw away in their bins can be recycled.”

Evaluations of the campaign will take place in March, to give a clearer idea of how successful it has been.

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