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Barking and Dagenham still trailing most local authorities for recycling despite recent improvement

PUBLISHED: 17:39 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 10 October 2017

Frizlands Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, Rainham Road North.

Frizlands Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, Rainham Road North.

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Almost a third of Barking and Dagenham’s household waste is now recycled, but the borough still lags well behind the national average, latest council figures reveal.

Statistics for the first three month of the financial year - April, May and June - show only 30 per cent of household waste was recycled.

This is an increase on 26 pc for the last financial year and 19 pc the year before that.

The borough is still short of London-wide standards the mayor has been looking to set.

It was initially hoped London could collectively recycle 50 per cent of its household waste by 2020 - although this was revised by Sadiq Khan in August because it was deemed an unrealistic target.

A council spokesman says they are “determined” to meet the targets set.

In February 2017, London recycled just 32 pc of its waste - compared to the national average of 43 pc.

Despite Barking and Dagenham still trailing the average score previously set in the capital, councillor Lynda Rice, cabinet member for environment and street scene, was buoyed by the latest set of results.

“It is fantastic our borough’s residents are so enthusiastic to recycle and reduce our impact on the environment,” she said.

“We have made great progress over the last couple of years but we can definitely continue to improve and, by working together, I look forward to one day achieving the ultimate goal of never throwing anything into landfill,” she added.

The Barking, Dagenham and Havering Green Party have criticised the council’s approach to the issue.

“Increasing the level of recycling in the borough is welcomed. However much more needs to be done in order to bring Barking and Dagenham closer to the London and national average for recycling,” a spokesman said.

“We still remain one of the worst councils in London for recycling, so despite these levels increasing, it is nothing for the council to celebrate. We should instead be looking into how we can do even better.”

In 2015/16 - the last full year for which nationwide statistics are available - Barking and Dagenham was the fourth worst local authority in the country for recycling, with only Lewisham, Westminster and Newham performing worse.

Although the borough has greatly improved on its score of 19 pc, it is still well short of South Oxfordshire’s score of 67 pc.

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