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City of London confident over 30% aim

Council officials are confident that the City of London will hit a rate of 30% and be “one of the best” recyclers within the next 12 months.

This would mark a monumental achievement considering the authority was only recycling 12% of its waste a year ago.

City of London recycling and waste strategy officer Tony Hammond said: “Our official target for 2006/07 is 24%. However, I and colleagues are extremely confident that not only will we beat that, but we’ll smash it.

“Our mental target is 30% and if we can achieve that, it won’t be bad as not so long ago we were a single figure authority. That would make us one of the best.”

While it achieved a rate of 18.2% this April, representatives believe the figure would have been nearer 21% if 55 tonnes of material contaminated with food waste had not been rejected at a recycling facility.

All 5,690 households, many in high rise blocks of flats and on secured estates are now on a doorstep recycling scheme and London’s action fund has allowed night time collections to occur.

Hammond added: “We have achieved 100% coverage, offering doorstep collections at least twice a week to a high rise area that is not traditionally suited to kerbside collections. I don’t know any authority that collects more frequently or intensely than us.”

The cause has also been helped with news that the security threat at tube stations has changed, allowing nine paper banks to collect two tonnes of paper waste per month.

Innovation has been applied, with the ten tonnes of sand laid down to improve horses’ hooves at the Lord Mayor’s parade delivered to a highway contractor.

Mechanical street sweeping also provides an approximate 20 tonnes every month of a grit that replaces sand in road works.

However, there is still much ground to be made. Currently, St. Edmundsbury is the best performing local authority, achieving figures of 50.6%, while London is one of the worst regions in the UK, recycling 17.7%.

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