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Bin collection performance and policy

We measure our shared waste service’s performance using two indicators – recycling rate and percentage of bins collected on time.

Our household waste and recycling policies and procedures [PDF, 0.6MB] document contains details of our waste and recycling collection services, including how and when residents need to present their bins for emptying.

Weight of recycling and waste collected

In 2020 so far (April 2020 to August 2020) we have collected:

  • 21968 tonnes of general waste (black bins) from 125,030 households – an average of 176kg per household
  • 10950 tonnes of recycling (blue bins) from 125,030 households – an average of 88kg per household.
  • 12939 tonnes of garden and food waste (green bins) from 110,349 households – an average of 117kg per household.
Weight of recycling and waste collected
Collection 2018/19 (tonnes) 2019/20 (tonnes) 2020/21 (tonnes)
General waste 50,948 50,221 21,968
Recycling 24,251 24,078 10,950
Garden and food waste 28,926 28,175 12,939

Recycling rate

The recycling rate is the percentage of blue and green bin recycling versus black bin.

Quarterly recycling performance
Date 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Q1 (April to June) 55.6% 55.1% 51.17%
Q2 (July to September) 51.5% 53.28%  
Q3 (October to December) 50.29% 49.08%  
Q4 (January to March) 45.77% 45.36%  
Yearly total 51.07% 50.99%  

Bins emptied on time

The table below shows the percentage of bins that were collected on their scheduled day.

Percentage of bins emptied on their scheduled day
Date range 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Q1 (April to June) 99.73% 99.82% 99.88%
Q2 (July to September) 99.63% 99.76% 99.9%
Q3 (October to December) 99.87% 99.85%  
Q4 (January to March) 99.85% 99.86%  
Yearly total 99.76% 99.82%