Hertfordshire recycling rate falls, latest data reveals

PUBLISHED: 06:32 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:23 04 March 2019

Plastic waste after being separated from food waste. Picture: DANNY LOO

Plastic waste after being separated from food waste. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The amount of waste recycled in Hertfordshire has dropped over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

Figures in the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership annual report show that in 2017/18 50.9 per cent of waste from across the county was recycled.

That’s 1.3 per cent lower than the 52.2 per cent recorded in the previous year.

However it is still higher than the average for the Eastern region, which is 49 per cent.

It is also significantly higher than the 43.2 per cent national average.

The report, which was presented to the latest meeting of the county council’s community safety and waste management cabinet panel, also highlights the differing recycling rates between Hertfordshire’s 10 districts and boroughs.

The recycling and composting rate in 2017/18 continued to be highest in Three Rivers, at 62.4 per cent, and lowest in Stevenage, at 38.3 per cent.

The biggest improvement was in St Albans, where recycling rates increased by two per cent on the previous year, rising from 57.5 per cent to 59.5.

The largest decrease was recorded in Welwyn Hatfield, where the rate fell by 9.6 per cent, from 53 per cent in 2016/17 to 43.4 per cent.

Elsewhere across Hertfordshire the recycling and composting rates for 2017/18 were Broxbourne 41.8 per cent, Dacorum 52.5 per cent, East Herts 49.4 per cent, Hertsmere 43.6 per cent, North Herts 57.5 per cent and Watford 44.3 per cent.

The waste partnerships’s report also highlights the many counties that take recyclable materials from Hertfordshire.

It shows that last year plastic was sent to countries that included Indonesia, Taiwan, Romania, Greece and Ireland. And steel cans were sent to France and Germany.

Textiles were sent to Benin, Ivory Coast, Equatorial New Guinea, Kenya, Tunisia, Italy and Hungary.

Small domestic appliances were sent to Sweden and Canada.

Other destinations for recyclables last year included China, Hong Kong ad Spain.

According to the report whilst it is currently necessary to sell recyclables internationally, the goal is to eliminate the need to transfer them to other countries.

In 2017/18 the waste partnership reports that it dealt with 513,000 tonnes of local authority collected waste, at a cost of £82.11million.

The figures show the amount of waste going to landfill increased slightly – but it represented less than 14 per cent of household waste.

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership was formed in 1992 and brings together the 10 district and borough authorities in their role as waste collection authorities and the county council, as the waste disposal authority.

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