Last summer, Westminster City Council, with help from Squared Root, knocked on over 50,000 doors including most CityWest Homes properties to inform people about the recycling services on offer. The council was particularly keen to see whether this face to face approach combined with extra recycling bags helped people to recycle.
The estates that improved the most were as follows:
|Estate||% recycling improvement in Kg|
|1st||Churchill Gardens estate||23%|
|2nd||Tollgate Gardens estate||10%|
|5th||Queen's Park / Mozart estate||6%|
In terms of who recycled the most the best performers were as follows:
|Estate||Kg recycled per household per week|
|1st||Warner House, Abercorn Place||9.38|
|2nd||Churchill Gardens estate||8.73|
|4th||Carlton Hill estate||7.09|
|5th||Hall Park estate||6.81|
This is only the start of a journey, with the council being signed up to hit targets of 35% recycling compared to waste by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 45% by 2031 from a starting point this year of around 21%.
Westminster City Council’s recycling team was named team of the year in recent national awards, but they are powerless without the support of residents across Westminster. This is why CityWest Homes and the council are setting up a network of volunteers to spread the recycling message. Together, we can save money for residents and the council, as well as saving the planet. You don’t need any previous experience to be a Recycling Champion and you can put in as much or as little time as you like. If you are interested you can find out more and register your interest on our webpage or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best thing anyone can do is recycle just a little bit more. If you are already recycling all your:
• Glass bottles and jars
• Paper and card
• Plastic pots, tubs and trays,
Then you can recycle your small electrical appliances and clothes at special banks for these items. Please click here.
Unfortunately a minority of people undermine the good work of the majority by putting things in the recycling which damage the recycling machines such as food, clothes and polystyrene. Black bags, which you cannot see into, also cause a problem because we have to treat them as waste from a bin.