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London has the worst recycling rates in the country

Alexandra Sims

Londoners, here's some rubbish news for you. According to data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Londoners are some of the worst recyclers in the country: nine out of ten areas with the lowest recycling rates are located in London.

Kicking off the naming and shaming, Newham takes the crown for the worst offender in the capital; the east London borough only recycles 15 percent of its waste. Meanwhile, the boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Lewisham all recycle less than 20 percent. Barking & Dagenham, Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea and Tower Hamlets also appear in the bottom ten worst areas in the UK, recycling just 20 to 21 percent of their waste.

Although not in the bottom ten, Lambeth, Hackney, Islington and Camden recycle less than 25 percent of their waste. That's well below rates in Oxfordshire, Rochford and East Riding where more than 65 percent is recycled – the best rates in the country. Come on, London: start using your green bins! 

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