Almost half of London's 33 London councils have recorded a fall in the proportion of household waste they recycled in 2012-13 compared with year before.
Annual waste statistics from the Department for Environment (DEFRA) also revealed that more than 40% of London's waste was incinerated. This is a rise of 17 percentage points over the past two years.
Across the country, recycling rates have slowed. Wales met its statutory waste target by recycling more than 50% of rubbish collected by councils. England’s recycling rate currently stands at 43.6%, Scotland's at 41.2% and provisional data shows that Northern Ireland’s recycling rate will be below 41%. DEFRA has said the current rates would mean that the UK would not meet the 50 per cent recycling target set by the EU for 2020.
The average average recycling rate in London is just 34% of its household waste is dire, the worst in England. London Mayor Boris Johnson has set a target for 45 per cent of household waste to be recycled by 2015.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) said this “disappointing trend” was a direct result of financial pressure on local councils. Budgetary constrains mean that councils are not improving their waste services and are being forced to restrict existing programmes by charging for green waste collections, for example.