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Berkshire Recycling Rates for 2011/12

For the last couple of years I have published the DEFRA statistics on local authority recycling rates and I have looked them up once again this year.

DEFRA issued its data tables for 2011/12 in November and yet again Reading languishes near the bottom of the local table for Berkshire:

West Berkshire – 46.2% (10/11 – 42%)

Windsor & Maid – 43.2% (10/11 – 39%)

Wokingham – 42.6% (10/11 – 41%)

Bracknell Forest – 42.5% (10/11 – 40%)

Reading – 36.8% (10/11 – 35%)

Slough – 30.7% (10/11 – 31%)

Over the last year Reading saw a small improvement in its performance but most others in Berkshire made greater strides. The only authority to do worse was Slough! So Reading was again second from the bottom in 2011/12. Compare that with our immediate neighbour to the north:

South Oxfordshire – 67.9% (10/11 – 65%)

Not only did South Oxfordshire manage an excellent rate of recycling again over the last year but they further improved on what was already an amazing performance. Reading clearly still has a very long way to go to match the performance of the best of the other (Conservative controlled) Berkshire authorities and even further to catch up with (Conservative controlled) South Oxfordshire.


December 19, 2012 - Posted by | Local |


  1. As I don’t buy into all this AGW and Green nonsense I will only give a big yawn to this information but would like RBC to give back the one paladin bin of the three we had serving the 18 flats in Cheriton Court which was without any notice sequestered for recycling. If they want that then give us back our bin and an ADDITIONAL one for them to play at being Green with.

    Comment by Steve Foley | December 19, 2012 | Reply

  2. Wasnt Reading controlled by the Conservatives /LD for a year? But you are correct there is much to do.

    Comment by greenconstructionuk | December 24, 2012 | Reply

    • With all the serious problems facing Reading in these times of Austerity and Cuts, I feel that this issue is ranked as Z minus minus in an A to Z list.

      Comment by Steve Foley | December 24, 2012 | Reply

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