Laura Sharman 26 April 2021

Digital map reveals 'lacklustre recycling growth'

Digital map reveals lacklustre recycling growth image

Recycling rates have plateaued in England and Scotland for the fifth consecutive year according to a new interactive digital map of local authority recycling data.

The digital heatmap tool, published by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, colour-codes local authorities across the UK by their recycling rate.

It shows 14 London local authorities report recycling rates of below 30%, along with Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow.

It also warns that at the current rate of improvement in recycling rates, England and Scotland will fall years short of their respective government’s targets.

SUEZ said their new tool shows the need for extended producer responsibility and a consistent collections policy that makes efficient use of existing kerbside collection systems.

John Scanlon, chief executive officer of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: 'We are releasing this digital tool today to set a clear baseline and to establish a metric to measure our success against as we start to implement these changes over the coming years.

'The lacklustre recycling growth reflected on the map just reiterates the importance of the current government consultations and how vital it is that we get these policies right so that we can continue moving forward together.'

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