Sutton Council to work with residents to improve borough recycling rates

Sutton Council has started a campaign to work with residents to reduce the number of uncollected recycling bins and to improve the borough’s recycling rate.

Green recycling bins cannot collected if the wrong items have been placed in them. A complete list of the items which can be put in the green bin and those which should go in brown bins can be found at

Waste and recycling advisers will deliver letters to residents whose recycling collections can’t be taken explaining why, and will offer help and advice with easy ways to resolve the situation to make sure their green bin is always emptied.

Jill Whitehead, Liberal Democrat Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, explained: “We know most Sutton residents care about the environment and are committed to recycling. Our recycling rate is above the London average and that’s something we can be proud of.

“However, there are still ways we can improve on this. By working with our residents and making sure they are aware exactly what can be recycled, and giving them clear and helpful advice about why a collection may not be made, we know that we can achieve an even greener Sutton.”

In the past contamination has resulted in whole lorryloads of recycled materials being rejected at the recycling facility. Instead of being recycled all the material ends up being sent to landfill.

Recycling has lots of benefits for Sutton’s community, the main one being that it is far cheaper to dispose of good quality recyclable material than it is to send it to landfill. That money can then be spent on other council services.

Sutton’s current recycling rate is 37%, above the London average of 34%.

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