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Kingston doubles its recycling rate in one year

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames has doubled its recycling rate in the space of a year.

The London borough recycled 47 per cent of its waste in January-March 2009, compared to just 25 per cent during the same period the previous year.

Its total amount sent to landfill in the 2008-09 financial year was 4,442 tonnes, down from 7,363 tonnes in 2007-08.

The biggest rise in terms of tonnage recycled had been with the composting of kitchen and food waste. The collection of kitchen and food waste was a new service provided to residents and in 2007-08, 447 tonnes of food and kitchen waste were composted. With the borough-wide roll-out of the new collection service giving 50,000 households the facility to separate out their food waste, this figure increased to 2,417 tonnes in 2008-09.

Councillor Derek Osbourne said: I am already looking forward to this time next year when we get to submit figures to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that reflect a full years effect of the new collection service. Kingston is now recycling and composting almost half of its household waste, making us one of the best performing authorities in the country. The challenge now is to build on this momentum and by this time next year be recycling and composting more than we are sending to landfill. That would really be a landmark achievement that we could all be very proud of.

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