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Bexley top for recycling in London yet again

PUBLISHED: 16:20 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:20 28 November 2013

Bexley residents smashed the London-wide average to become the capital’s number one borough for recycling for the 12th time in 13 years.

A total of 54 per cent of eligible items were recycled by residents, according to figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - with the London average at 34 per cent.

As the council continues to look for ways to accomodate budget cuts, one suggestion is reducing costs by increasing recycling to 60 per cent by 2018/19 - as well as closing Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre for one day a week.

Cllr Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for environment and public realm, said: “We are not complacent. We’ve set ourselves even more challenging targets for the next few years.

“We want to encourage residents and businesses to produce even less waste. One way this can be achieved is by making small alterations to our shopping habits such as selecting goods with less packaging and planning meals using left overs.

“These small things could save residents pounds at the supermarket each week.

“The sorted recycled goods such as paper, glass and plastic bottles we collect, raises a lot of revenue for the council. This goes to fund essential services. With reduced government funding ahead, it’s crucial that we maximise this income for the benefit of our residents.

“In the next few weeks I will be announcing further doorstep recycling improvements - allowing even more items to be recycled at home and leaving less items to go in the waste bin.”

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