Statement regarding waste and recycling collection performance

Published Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Statement regarding waste and recycling collection performance

Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee on Sutton Council said: 'When we introduced our new waste and recycling service we increased the number of collections from each home including food waste from almost 90,000 homes. In the first year of the service we did experience disruption and an increased number of missed collections.

'Working with our partners we now have a stable service that continues to improve and we anticipate the number of missed collections will continue to fall.

'More recently we have received a Government request for details on how we became London’s second greenest borough and second most improved borough nationally. Dr Therese Coffey MP, Under Secretary of State for the Environment, praised Sutton in a letter reading: 'I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you...The London Borough of Sutton has reached our national targets for 2020, by achieving 50% of household waste recycled in 2017/18, a substantial increase of 13.5 percentage points above your 2016/17 rate...I would be interested to understand your success in this area and to share best practice with other local authorities...I am keen to hear what you believe has enabled you to reach theses recycling rates?'

'We will continue to work with residents to improve waste and recycling collections in the borough to help keep Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.'