Rejected waste

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th July 2019.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

It was recently reported that almost 5 per cent of recyclable rubbish in England was rejected with most declined waste being sent to landfill or incinerated. What is the figure in London? Please break down by Borough with data back to 2011.

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Official figures are not available for London's recyclable waste rejected and sent to landfill or incineration. This is because the Government does not provide a regional breakdown of local authority waste data reported through its Waste Data Flow tool. It is estimated that between five and ten per cent of London's recyclable material is rejected from material recycling facilities, mostly due to residual waste contaminating recyclable material.