The Government yesterday published the final annual results for local authority collected waste and management figures for England. These datasets contain the annual results for local authority collected waste in England including:
- England and the regions data downloads for April 2000 to March 2014
- local council data downloads from April 2005 to March 2014
- household recycling by material type April 1996 to March 2010
These figures show that Dartford Borough Council’s recycling rate has fallen during the last year (April 2013 – March 2014). The table below lists the figures for last year, with a comparison for the previous year.
|Household – total waste tonnes||35,668||35,186|
|Household – waste not sent for recycling||26,174||25,682|
|Household – waste sent for recycling/composting/reuse||9,494||9,504|
|Household dry recycling/reuse (tonnes)||8,198||7,754|
|Household green recycling/reuse (tonnes)||1,296||1,750|
|Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting (Ex NI192)||26.62%||27.01%|
|Ranking (out of 352)||328th||324th|
These figures come as a surprise as our article in June reported that DBC’s Scrutiny Committee had been told in February of this year that:
- Recycling levels in Dartford had increased from 27% to 31% following the Swap Scheme, meeting the proposed target increase of 5%
- Total weekly tonnage of refuse collected was down 8%, with the percentage of recycled rubbish within the overall weekly refuse collection up by 18%
- The Recycling Promotions Officer was at the midpoint of a fixed two year contract funded by the DCLG. She would be focussing her future efforts post Swap Scheme implementation on educating and encouraging Dartford residents to recycle more effectively. A new Council recycling guide for residents was proposed to this effect.
Bearing in mind that the national recycling rate is at 43.5%, Dartford is falling well short of this figure. Whilst the people of Dartford need to do better if this rate is to improve, the proposed recycling guide should now be a priority, along with other measures.