Berkshire Recycling Record is Mixed
Every year DEFRA publishes statistics on local authority recycling rates. For a long time Reading has had a comparatively poor record compared with other authorities locally and nationally, and the new Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition administration is working to improve the situation.
Last month DEFRA issued its data for 2009/10 and once again Reading was near the bottom of the local table:
West Berkshire – 40.2% (08/09-33.69%)
Wokingham – 38.36% (08/09-36.57%)
Bracknell Forest – 37.83% (08/09-40.3%)
Windsor & Maid – 34.37% (08/09-35.98%)
Reading – 33.4% (08/09-34.44%)
Slough – 30.91% (08/09-25.41%)
So not only was Reading second from the bottom in 2009/10 under Labour but the rate actually got slightly worse! Compare that with our immediate neighbour to the north:
South Oxfordshire – 61.41% (08/09-42.44%)
Not only did South Oxfordshire manage a good rate of recycling in 2008/09 but they became one of the biggest improvers in 2009/10 with one of the best rates in the country. Reading has a very long way to go to match that performance.
The new Environment Lead Cllr Warren Swaine is passionate about improving the range of materials that can be collected for recycling and will shortly be announcing some ideas for achieving this. I am therefore confident that the 2010/11 stats will show a marked improvement in Reading’s performance with the benefit for local tax payers that less will have to go to land-fill and therefore less will be paid in Land-Fill Tax by the authority.