Sutton drops 200 places in councils' recycling league table in last 10 years

Sutton Guardian: Sutton's recycling rate has improved by 10 years but at a much slower rate than other areas Sutton's recycling rate has improved by 10 years but at a much slower rate than other areas

Questions have been raised as the council's recycling figures have stagnated leaving it in the bottom 100 authorities in the country.

Sutton Council had the 35th best recycling rate of 390 councils in the country at 25 per cent in 2003, according to official data.

Although the recycling rate has improved to 37 per cent since then, other councils, including several neighbouring authorities, have improved much faster leaving Sutton 254th out of 352 in recently released figures for 2012/13.

The figures show Croydon now recycles 44 per cent of its waste, Merton, which only recycled 15 per cent of its waste in 2003, now recycles 39 per cent and Kingston is among the best in the capital with 46 per cent of its waste being recycled.

Sutton's recycling rate peaked at 38 per cent in 2011 but then dipped to 37 per cent the following year and has remained steady since then.

The drop has prompted opposition Conservative Councillor Tim Crowley to ask questions about why there has been no improvement amid fears plans to build an incinerator in Beddington will cut recycling further.

At Monday's full council meeting Coun Crowley will ask: "Could the relevant lead member please explain the discrepancy between fact and the myth perpetuated by this council that we are one of the greenest boroughs in Britain when our recycling rates have slipped so markedly and we have fallen down the league tables as shown by figures from Defra from 154th in 2006/7 to 254th in 2012/13?

Sutton Guardian: Tim Crowley

Councillor Tim Crowley

"Is this why there is such a rush to incineration - to divert the eyes of local residents from the real facts?"

Sutton Council has defended its recycling rates saying it has cut costs and improved customer service.

Liberal Democrat Coun Colin Hall said: "The recycling performance for Sutton has remained constant over the last 3 years at around 37 per cent.

"During this time the service has reduced its costs by £3.4m, whilst at the same time improving customer satisfaction.

"Furthermore Sutton is bidding to the Department for Communities and Local Government to improve its recycling performance to over 40 per cent over the next 12 months."

He also said the planned incinerator in Beddington will not impact on recycling rates.


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12:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Niki R says...

They don't care about recycling- that's why they're building a incinerator!
They don't care about recycling- that's why they're building a incinerator! Niki R
  • Score: 15

1:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

LiberalsOut says...

When will the residents of Sutton wake up and see this Council for what they really are?
The Council is not green only the lemmings who vote for their con tricks each time
Perhaps if they did not mix houshold waste and recycling when the trucks are running late the figures may improve?
When will the residents of Sutton wake up and see this Council for what they really are? The Council is not green only the lemmings who vote for their con tricks each time Perhaps if they did not mix houshold waste and recycling when the trucks are running late the figures may improve? LiberalsOut
  • Score: 11

3:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

whysaythat says...

Oh I see it is all down to budget cuts...absolute tosh. The service is top heavy with Managers. Heads of service, Business managers, analysis managers..the list goes on. I had a fridge in my front garden and got a tap on the door by an evening team offering to throw it in a brown bin lorry for 'a drink'. Great example of recycling London Borough of Sutton. Croydon being higher in the stats says it all really.
Oh I see it is all down to budget cuts...absolute tosh. The service is top heavy with Managers. Heads of service, Business managers, analysis managers..the list goes on. I had a fridge in my front garden and got a tap on the door by an evening team offering to throw it in a brown bin lorry for 'a drink'. Great example of recycling London Borough of Sutton. Croydon being higher in the stats says it all really. whysaythat
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Giles C says...

If it's all down to budget cuts wouldn't they have affected other councils in the same way?
Just saying...
If it's all down to budget cuts wouldn't they have affected other councils in the same way? Just saying... Giles C
  • Score: 6

3:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Giles C says...

I know how we can get recycling rates up..let's recycle this Lib Dem administration in May....
I know how we can get recycling rates up..let's recycle this Lib Dem administration in May.... Giles C
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Neil78 says...

This Lib Dem Council has been resting on its laurels for too long. Other councils have caught up and overtaken, including all our neighbours, while the Sutton Lib Dems are too busy slapping each other on the back to notice.

"The recycling rate has remained constant over the last 3 years" just means they're congratulating themselves that things haven't actually got worse. They think we won't notice what's happening everywhere else.
This Lib Dem Council has been resting on its laurels for too long. Other councils have caught up and overtaken, including all our neighbours, while the Sutton Lib Dems are too busy slapping each other on the back to notice. "The recycling rate has remained constant over the last 3 years" just means they're congratulating themselves that things haven't actually got worse. They think we won't notice what's happening everywhere else. Neil78
  • Score: 8

4:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Simon Densley says...

The Lib Dems have been trumpeting how committed they are to Green issues while bringing a waste incinerator to the borough and taking us from being one of the best boroughs for recycling to one of the worst.

What else are they so committed to? Could it be local business and car users judging by their closing of Brighton Road car park and clogging up the streets around Waitrose in Worcester Park with an ill thought through one way system. Perhaps it's 'spending money wisely' given their record on Sutton high street or the life centre which wasn't going to cost Sutton taxpayers a single penny but actually costs us around 50 million of them (pennies) per year. Could it be 'honest consultation' given their recent prejudiced survey in Worcester Park: http://www.worcester
parkblog.org.uk/2014
/01/what-do-you-thin
k.html

With that sort of commitment to the people of Sutton, perhaps its time to reconsider who to vote for in May this year.
The Lib Dems have been trumpeting how committed they are to Green issues while bringing a waste incinerator to the borough and taking us from being one of the best boroughs for recycling to one of the worst. What else are they so committed to? Could it be local business and car users judging by their closing of Brighton Road car park and clogging up the streets around Waitrose in Worcester Park with an ill thought through one way system. Perhaps it's 'spending money wisely' given their record on Sutton high street or the life centre which wasn't going to cost Sutton taxpayers a single penny but actually costs us around 50 million of them (pennies) per year. Could it be 'honest consultation' given their recent prejudiced survey in Worcester Park: http://www.worcester parkblog.org.uk/2014 /01/what-do-you-thin k.html With that sort of commitment to the people of Sutton, perhaps its time to reconsider who to vote for in May this year. Simon Densley
  • Score: 7

10:58pm Wed 8 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

"With that sort of commitment to the people of Sutton, perhaps its time to reconsider who to vote for in May this year."

Couldn't agree more. Time to vote UKIP
"With that sort of commitment to the people of Sutton, perhaps its time to reconsider who to vote for in May this year." Couldn't agree more. Time to vote UKIP GreenBrown
  • Score: -7

7:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Urghh what a thought a stoner that likes UKIP
Urghh what a thought a stoner that likes UKIP Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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