United Kingdom – Local authorities in London are expected to achieve an 65% municipal recycling rate by 2030 as a part of the capital’s environment strategy published by mayor Sandiq Khan. The targets include improved waste collections as well as sending no recyclable waste to landfill by 2026.
Local authority collected waste (LACW) currently stands at 32%, while a broader municipal rate that encompasses household or similar business waste regardless of who collects or disposes of totals some 52%. Additionally, councils must meet a deadline in 2025, which is to maintain a 50% household recycling rate.
The target was supposed to be met as early as 2020, but this was deemed unrealistic. Government calculations indicate that the LACW rate could surge from 32% to around 43% by 2022.
It is argued that the remaining waste percentage could only be recycled if collection services are boosted across the capital. Interestingly, it is not required for businesses to recycle at all at the moment. Moreover, over 50% of London’s 13.8 million population lives in high-rise buildings, calling for a different collection approach than the typical kerbside waste removal infrastructure.
‘London needs to reduce, reuse and recycle more, to see waste as the valuable resource that it is and to reduce London’s increasing waste bill as the city grows,’ concludes mayor Khan, who wants to make London ‘one of the world’s greenest cities’.
Khan has previously stated that environmental checks ‘are not simply a side concern to be weighed up against economic and social benefits’.