Colchester named the most recycling-conscious town in England


Analysis of government data has revealed that Colchester comes out on top for recycling and composting waste, and reducing waste output. It follows a deeply concerning UN report on climate change released in February.

Colchester’s rate of waste reused, recycled or composted has improved by 19.5% over the last five years. By comparison, the rate for the whole of England decreased by 7% in the same period.

Plus, in the 12 months leading up to March 2021, Colchester recorded 304kg of waste per person, 10% less than five years previous. This suggests households in Colchester have become better at reducing their waste output.

Food waste disposer supplier InSinkErator analysed English cities’ and towns’ recycling habits to generate a ‘recycling-conscious score’.

The most recycling-conscious areas in England



Bath and North East Somerset



The least recycling-conscious areas in England




South Tyneside


The study uses data from the Government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to see where households across England are taking steps to reduce waste output and increase recycling and composting rates.

This look into the recycling mindset across England follows the UK government’s pledge to eliminate food waste from landfill by 2030. According to ONS data, households are the biggest contributors to food waste in the UK.

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