2020/21 overall performance

ANNUAL RECYCLING LEAGUE TABLE FOR ENGLAND
The following table contains household waste data derived from WasteDataFlow and Defra’s statistical department for the period covering the financial year 2020/21. The data shows the total household waste recycling, composting and reuse rate for English local authorities from April 2020 to March 2021. Local authorities are listed in overall performance order. Data is sourced from Defra data. Published December 2021.

Notes from Defra: From 2011-12 onwards, 7 local authorities started reporting as Dorset Waste Partnership. These are Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, West Dorset, Purbeck, North Dorset and East Dorset District Councils, Christchurch Borough Council, and Dorset County Council.
From 2015/16 onwards Chiltern District Council jointly reports their waste data with Wycombe District Council.
From 2016/17 onwards, Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire Councils jointly report their waste.
From 2017/18 6 local authorities started reporting as Somerset Waste Partnership. These are Somerset County Council, Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
For 2018/19 Defra stated that Household recycling contains material sent for recycling, composting or reuse by local authorities as well as those collected from household sources by ‘private-voluntary’ organisations.
From 2019-20 there were several mergers and changes to local authorities:
a. Five of the local authorities reporting as the ‘Dorset waste Partnership’: East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset district council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council merged to become Dorset Council.
b. Christchurch BC, formerly part of the Dorset Waste Partnership, merged with Bournemouth BC and Poole BC, to become Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Council.
c. Suffolk Coastal DC and Waveney DC merged to become West Suffolk Council.
d. Forest Heath DC and St Edmundsbury BC merged to become West Suffolk Council
e. Corby BD and Kettering BC now report together as Corby and Kettering Shared Service.
From 2020/21, Buckinghamshire CC disposal authority was replaced by Buckinghamshire Council unitary. Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe were absorbed into this unitary authority.

Key: C – collection authority; U – Unitary authority; D – Disposal authority

 

Rank Local Authority 2020/21
financial year
Authority
type 
RECYCLING RATE
Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting (Ex NI192)
Collected household waste per person (kg)
(Ex BVPI 84a)
1 St Albans City and District Council C 64.2% 389.2
2 South Oxfordshire District Council C 63.6% 405.6
3 Three Rivers District Council C 63.1% 369.0
4 Vale of White Horse District Council C 62.6% 376.3
5 Surrey Heath Borough Council C 61.3% 397.1
6 East Riding of Yorkshire Council U 60.8% 532.4
7 North Somerset Council U 60.4% 465.5
8 Dorset Council U 60.1% 467.9
9 East Devon District Council C 60.0% 325.8
10 Tandridge District Council C 59.9% 397.8
11 South Northamptonshire District Council C 59.6% 469.0
12 Oxfordshire County Council D 59.5% 445.3
13 Stratford-on-Avon District Council C 59.4% 470.6
14 Stroud District Council C 59.4% 331.5
15 Bath and North East Somerset Council U 59.2% 382.5
16 Cotswold District Council C 58.9% 449.4
17 Guildford Borough Council C 58.9% 373.7
18 Rochford District Council C 58.5% 404.6
19 South Gloucestershire Council U 58.5% 437.1
20 Maldon District Council C 57.9% 408.0
21 Staffordshire Moorlands District Council C 57.7% 430.2
22 Cheshire East U 57.5% 524.9
23 Waverley Borough Council C 57.0% 391.2
24 West Oxfordshire District Council C 57.0% 426.6
25 Colchester Borough Council C 56.9% 303.9
26 East Cambridgeshire District Council C 56.6% 388.5
27 Mole Valley District Council C 56.6% 437.0
28 North Hertfordshire District Council C 55.9% 375.8
29 Teignbridge District Council C 55.9% 391.5
30 Cherwell District Council C 55.6% 452.0
31 Derbyshire Dales District Council C 55.6% 383.8
32 Devon County Council D 55.3% 447.2
33 Huntingdonshire District Council C 55.2% 421.9
34 Torridge District Council C 55.2% 384.7
35 West Devon Borough Council C 55.2% 339.1
36 Surrey County Council D 55.1% 448.2
37 Stockport MBC C 55.0% 359.5
38 South Hams District Council C 54.7% 404.2
39 Warwick District Council C 54.6% 402.7
40 Dacorum Borough Council C 54.5% 390.1
41 Elmbridge Borough Council C 54.5% 440.5
42 Cheshire West and Chester U 54.5% 508.7
43 Woking Borough Council C 54.3% 408.2
44 Epping Forest Borough Council C 54.0% 458.0
45 Cambridgeshire County Council D 53.9% 446.8
46 Milton Keynes Council U 53.8% 432.2
47 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council C 53.7% 388.3
48 Mid Devon District Council C 53.7% 362.1
49 Forest of Dean District Council C 53.6% 416.4
50 Horsham District Council C 53.5% 391.8
51 Calderdale MBC U 53.5% 393.3
52 Isle of Wight Council U 53.4% 403.9
53 Trafford MBC C 53.3% 363.8
54 Shropshire U 53.3% 534.7
55 Reigate and Banstead Borough Council C 53.2% 368.3
56 Wigan MBC U 53.2% 450.6
57 West Sussex County Council D 53.1% 453.1
58 Daventry District Council C 52.7% 419.0
59 Hertfordshire County Council D 52.4% 428.1
60 Somerset Waste Partnership U 52.4% 461.1
61 Rutland County Council U 52.3% 499.2
62 Oxford City Council C 52.1% 300.7
63 North Lincolnshire Council U 51.9% 491.8
64 Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council C 51.6% 415.2
65 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council U 51.3% 441.1
66 Buckinghamshire Council U 51.2% 435.9
67 High Peak Borough Council C 50.8% 409.5
68 Cheltenham Borough Council C 50.7% 453.6
69 Gloucestershire County Council D 50.6% 448.6
70 Ashford Borough Council C 50.5% 370.2
71 Bury MBC C 50.5% 356.5
72 Watford Borough Council C 50.0% 357.6
73 Bexley LB U 50.0% 391.3
74 Hambleton District Council C 49.9% 414.4
75 Essex County Council D 49.8% 456.3
76 Maidstone Borough Council C 49.7% 374.8
77 Cambridge City and South Cambs Councils C 49.6% 378.4
78 Stafford Borough Council C 49.6% 423.9
79 Warwickshire County Council D 49.5% 457.2
80 Wokingham Council U 49.5% 411.1
81 North Devon District Council C 49.4% 403.0
82 Uttlesford District Council C 49.4% 389.9
83 Kingston-upon-Hull City Council U 49.2% 438.2
84 Wakefield City MDC U 49.2% 460.3
85 Broadland District Council C 49.0% 410.6
86 Ealing LB C 49.0% 267.0
87 East Hertfordshire District Council C 49.0% 384.9
88 Runnymede Borough Council C 49.0% 334.8
89 West Berkshire District Council U 49.0% 472.0
90 Tewkesbury Borough Council C 48.6% 396.0
91 South Staffordshire Council C 48.4% 421.7
92 Wealden District Council C 48.4% 390.4
93 Rushcliffe Borough Council C 48.3% 419.9
94 Ryedale District Council C 48.3% 399.5
95 Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council U 48.3% 435.9
96 Telford and Wrekin Council U 48.2% 501.5
97 Bolton MBC C 48.1% 344.9
98 Folkestone and Hythe District Council C 48.1% 386.6
99 West Lancashire Borough Council C 48.1% 430.8
100 Castle Point Borough Council C 48.0% 409.0
101 Rochdale MBC C 48.0% 350.0
102 Cumbria County Council D 47.9% 487.7
103 Dover District Council C 47.8% 361.8
104 Greater Manchester WDA (MBC) D 47.7% 422.3
105 Welwyn Hatfield Council C 47.6% 344.5
106 Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames U 47.6% 344.4
107 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council C 47.5% 355.3
108 East Northamptonshire Council C 47.4% 352.4
109 Salford City Council MBC C 47.2% 338.7
110 Tameside MBC C 47.2% 352.7
111 Harborough District Council C 46.9% 418.0
112 Basildon District Council C 46.5% 453.8
113 Northamptonshire County Council D 46.5% 467.2
114 Spelthorne Borough Council C 46.4% 369.8
115 Bristol City Council U 46.4% 369.4
116 South Derbyshire District Council C 46.1% 421.4
117 Central Bedfordshire U 46.1% 433.3
118 Sutton LB U 46.1% 362.5
119 Lichfield District Council C 45.9% 432.0
120 Braintree District Council C 45.8% 406.2
121 Eden District Council C 45.5% 416.9
122 South Ribble Borough Council C 45.5% 420.5
123 Staffordshire County Council D 45.5% 486.3
124 Chorley Borough Council C 45.1% 418.2
125 Derbyshire County Council D 45.1% 479.9
126 Rugby Borough Council C 45.0% 391.1
127 North Warwickshire Borough Council C 44.9% 451.0
128 Fylde Borough Council C 44.8% 432.0
129 Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council C 44.8% 427.2
130 Bromley LB U 44.8% 406.7
131 Oadby and Wigston Borough Council C 44.7% 347.4
132 Selby District Council C 44.7% 463.7
133 Wychavon District Council C 44.7% 393.8
134 Lancashire County Council D 44.6% 450.1
135 Chichester District Council C 44.5% 406.0
136 Wyre Borough Council C 44.5% 405.8
137 Hertsmere Borough Council C 44.4% 393.1
138 Rother District Council C 44.4% 405.1
139 Warrington Borough Council U 44.4% 460.8
140 Blaby District Council C 44.1% 384.9
141 East Staffordshire Borough Council C 44.1% 411.7
142 York City Council U 44.1% 383.4
143 Kent County Council D 44.0% 423.5
144 Gloucester City Council C 43.8% 379.2
145 Gravesham Borough Council C 43.7% 344.3
146 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council U 43.7% 431.1
147 Melton Borough Council C 43.5% 436.1
148 South Lakeland District Council C 43.5% 445.5
149 North Yorkshire County Council D 43.4% 494.4
150 Bracknell Forest Borough Council U 43.4% 407.6
151 Doncaster MBC U 43.4% 446.1
152 Leicestershire County Council D 43.3% 433.1
153 Worcestershire County Council D 43.3% 473.3
154 Rotherham MBC U 43.3% 400.7
155 Barnsley MBC U 43.2% 432.8
156 North Kesteven District Council C 43.1% 435.5
157 Charnwood Borough Council C 42.8% 353.8
158 Corby and Kettering Shared Service C 42.8% 426.5
159 Cannock Chase Council C 42.7% 413.5
160 Harrogate Borough Council C 42.6% 356.0
161 North West Leicestershire District Council C 42.5% 414.1
162 Broxbourne Borough Council C 42.4% 397.9
163 Arun District Council C 42.3% 368.1
164 Malvern Hills District Council C 42.3% 343.9
165 Wiltshire U 42.3% 427.5
166 Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council C 42.2% 376.6
167 Norfolk County Council D 42.1% 446.8
168 West Lindsey District Council C 42.0% 449.2
169 Erewash Borough Council C 41.8% 423.0
170 South Norfolk Council C 41.8% 390.6
171 Medway Borough Council U 41.8% 450.0
172 Hart District Council C 41.7% 358.0
173 Mid Sussex District Council C 41.7% 342.8
174 Brentwood Borough Council C 41.6% 407.4
175 Bromsgrove District Council C 41.6% 415.0
176 Worthing Borough Council C 41.5% 366.8
177 East Sussex County Council D 41.5% 438.5
178 Swale Borough Council C 41.4% 388.7
179 Croydon LB U 41.3% 355.7
180 Carlisle City Council C 41.2% 434.8
181 Harlow District Council C 41.2% 348.0
182 Adur District Council C 41.1% 321.7
183 Chelmsford Borough Council C 41.1% 434.6
184 Canterbury City Council C 40.9% 326.4
185 Peterborough City Council U 40.9% 428.3
186 Merton LB U 40.8% 350.5
187 North Norfolk District Council C 40.7% 425.3
188 Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council MBC U 40.6% 372.2
189 Winchester City Council C 40.5% 344.6
190 Richmond upon Thames LB C 40.4% 396.6
191 South Kesteven District Council C 40.4% 404.6
192 Lincolnshire County Council D 40.4% 440.0
193 Nottinghamshire County Council D 40.4% 478.7
194 Fenland District Council C 40.3% 427.4
195 Chesterfield Borough Council C 40.2% 407.7
196 Eastleigh Borough Council C 40.2% 353.7
197 Stevenage Borough Council C 40.2% 383.2
198 Tendring District Council C 40.2% 350.2
199 Bedford U 40.0% 432.9
200 Craven District Council C 39.9% 397.8
201 East Suffolk Council C 39.9% 402.6
202 Lewes District Council C 39.8% 329.5
203 North East Derbyshire District Council C 39.8% 411.2
204 East Lindsey District Council C 39.7% 413.2
205 Swindon Borough Council U 39.6% 406.7
206 Mid Suffolk District Council C 39.5% 373.0
207 Suffolk County Council D 39.3% 445.5
208 Halton Borough Council U 39.3% 461.5
209 Wellingborough Borough Council C 39.2% 408.4
210 Richmondshire District Council C 39.1% 379.6
211 Herefordshire Council U 38.7% 376.5
212 Breckland Council C 38.6% 389.0
213 Tamworth Borough Council C 38.5% 419.4
214 Norwich City Council C 38.3% 341.1
215 West London Waste Authority D 38.3% 335.4
216 Lancaster City Council C 38.2% 353.4
217 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council C 38.2% 405.2
218 West Suffolk Council C 38.2% 413.9
219 Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council C 38.0% 421.8
220 Bradford City MDC (MBC) U 37.8% 391.0
221 Solihull MBC U 37.7% 438.4
222 Test Valley Borough Council C 37.6% 374.0
223 Hampshire County Council D 37.6% 422.2
224 Broxtowe Borough Council C 37.5% 400.0
225 Scarborough Borough Council C 37.5% 434.9
226 Hillingdon LB C 37.3% 357.2
227 Northampton Borough Council C 37.3% 380.7
228 County Durham U 37.3% 455.9
229 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council U 37.3% 441.5
230 Dudley MBC U 36.9% 395.8
231 Oldham MBC C 36.7% 327.3
232 Derby City Council U 36.7% 411.6
233 Manchester City Council MBC C 36.6% 312.8
234 Sevenoaks District Council C 36.6% 414.0
235 Allerdale Borough Council C 36.5% 429.7
236 Ashfield District Council C 36.4% 396.1
237 Lambeth LB C 36.4% 237.9
238 East Hampshire District Council C 36.2% 345.2
239 North Tyneside Council U 36.2% 445.5
240 Reading Borough Council U 36.1% 363.7
241 Bolsover District Council C 36.0% 441.1
242 Hyndburn Borough Council C 35.9% 314.5
243 Council of the Isles of Scilly U 35.9% 589.7
244 Harrow LB C 35.8% 354.1
245 Leicester City Council U 35.7% 370.3
246 Fareham Borough Council C 35.6% 328.2
247 North East Lincolnshire Council U 35.5% 462.8
248 Torbay Council U 35.5% 428.4
249 Hounslow LB C 35.4% 336.9
250 Worcester City Council C 35.3% 358.0
251 Wolverhampton MBC U 35.3% 394.9
252 Darlington Borough Council U 35.1% 448.7
253 Leeds City Council MBC U 35.1% 394.4
254 Thanet District Council C 35.0% 375.3
255 Boston Borough Council C 34.8% 414.6
256 Sefton MBC C 34.8% 449.6
257 Merseyside WDA (MBC) D 34.8% 504.5
258 Havering LB C 34.7% 435.5
259 Ribble Valley Borough Council C 34.6% 427.3
260 Lincoln City Council C 34.5% 385.2
261 Copeland Borough Council C 34.2% 406.5
262 New Forest District Council C 34.1% 351.4
263 Rossendale Borough Council C 34.0% 358.3
264 Coventry City Council U 34.0% 345.8
265 Wyre Forest District Council C 33.6% 399.5
266 Brent LB C 33.4% 315.0
267 Northumberland U 33.4% 490.1
268 Burnley Borough Council C 33.3% 370.3
269 Cornwall U 33.3% 478.9
270 Enfield LB C 33.2% 309.8
271 Havant Borough Council C 33.0% 363.7
272 Ipswich Borough Council C 33.0% 405.2
273 Eastbourne Borough Council C 32.8% 356.2
274 Pendle Borough Council C 32.5% 394.0
275 Southwark LB U 32.5% 351.6
276 Gedling Borough Council C 32.4% 416.0
277 Newark and Sherwood District Council C 32.3% 402.6
278 Gateshead MBC U 32.3% 448.1
279 Sheffield City Council U 32.2% 340.1
280 Walsall MBC U 32.2% 397.7
281 Crawley Borough Council C 31.9% 317.7
282 Preston City Council C 31.9% 398.3
283 Rushmoor Borough Council C 31.9% 355.4
284 Waltham Forest LB C 31.9% 363.7
285 Wirral MBC C 31.9% 412.1
286 Stoke-on-Trent City Council U 31.7% 414.4
287 Greenwich LB U 31.5% 376.3
288 St Helens MBC C 31.4% 398.4
289 Amber Valley Borough Council C 31.3% 385.0
290 Islington LB C 31.3% 223.5
291 Haringey LB C 31.0% 318.3
292 Mansfield District Council C 30.9% 408.8
293 Hastings Borough Council C 30.8% 352.6
294 South Tyneside MBC U 30.8% 486.4
295 Plymouth City Council U 30.6% 407.2
296 Sandwell MBC U 30.6% 381.7
297 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council C 30.4% 362.6
298 City of London U 30.3% 284.0
299 Hartlepool Borough Council U 30.1% 411.1
300 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council U 29.8% 339.6
301 Luton Borough Council U 29.5% 374.7
302 Great Yarmouth Borough Council C 29.2% 410.2
303 Brighton and Hove Council U 29.2% 358.0
304 Barnet LB C 28.9% 365.6
305 Knowsley MBC C 28.7% 428.5
306 Camden LB C 28.6% 186.0
307 Middlesbrough Borough Council U 28.6% 457.3
308 North London Waste Authority D 28.5% 323.6
309 Lewisham LB U 28.4% 324.4
310 Hackney LB C 28.1% 319.4
311 Sunderland City Council U 28.1% 431.9
312 Thurrock Council U 28.0% 437.8
313 Exeter City Council C 27.8% 291.9
314 Hammersmith and Fulham LB C 27.5% 247.4
315 Redditch Borough Council C 27.5% 332.5
316 Blackpool Borough Council U 27.5% 485.2
317 Southampton City Council U 27.5% 349.8
318 South Holland District Council C 27.3% 376.7
319 Barking and Dagenham LB C 26.9% 416.7
320 East London Waste Authority D 26.8% 377.9
321 Western Riverside Waste Authority D 26.8% 289.3
322 Gosport Borough Council C 26.6% 319.6
323 Slough Borough Council U 26.5% 364.2
324 Redbridge LB C 25.4% 345.2
325 Kirklees MBC U 25.0% 383.2
326 Portsmouth City Council U 24.7% 341.5
327 Dartford Borough Council C 24.5% 372.5
328 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council U 24.3% 464.7
329 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea C 24.2% 306.2
330 Wandsworth LB C 24.2% 312.9
331 Nottingham City Council U 23.9% 345.5
332 Westminster City Council U 23.9% 196.1
333 Bassetlaw District Council C 23.6% 405.9
334 Liverpool City Council C 23.5% 411.9
335 Birmingham City Council U 22.5% 355.2
336 Newham LB C 20.9% 351.6
337 Tower Hamlets LB U 19.3% 267.8
338 Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council C 17.9% 396.2

 

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