Destination 50% 

Destination 50% logoOur ambition is to achieve 50% recycling rates and be London’s number one borough for recycling in line with the Mayor of London’s target for 2030.

We have many varied recycling services across Haringey so all residents can get involved and do their part as easily and accessibly as possible.

To get from our current recycling rate of around 30% to our aim of 50%, we will work together with Haringey residents and local businesses to ensure your views and ideas are reflected in the work that we do and the services that we provide.

Together, we can achieve Destination 50%.

Why recycle?

Recycling is necessary to help protect our planet, environment, wildlife, and resources for future generations. It’s easy to do, and every little action helps to make a big impact.

There are many ways that recycling benefits all of us, including:

  • Recycling saves tonnes of rubbish being disposed of as waste and in the UK it saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road
  • Recycling is a valuable resource and reduces the need for raw materials protecting natural habitats for the future. It reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials, all of which create substantial air and water pollution
  • It conserves energy as using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products even when comparing all associated costs including transport. Mining and processing metal uses huge amounts of resources and energy and recycling cans saves up to 95% of the energy needed to make new cans from raw material
  • It creates jobs and produces economic benefits, and it’s cheaper than disposing of waste. The more you recycle, and the less you put in the bin, the more money is saved, which is beneficial for households, businesses and local public services
  • Find out much more with Recycle Now (external link)

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How you can get involved

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Future actions 2022-2023

Whilst we are proud of the huge range of recycling services already available in Haringey, we are dedicated to continuing to develop and improve our services to suit the evolving needs of our borough.

Below are some examples of what we have planned for the future to help us achieve Destination 50%:

  • Engage with residents and local businesses to help shape our waste and recycling services going forward
  • Increase the range of recyclable items that we accept at libraries to include keys and printer cartridges
  • Provide more locations where you can collect green sacks for recycling
  • Extend the range and quantity of materials that are reused and recycled to include carpets and furniture at our Reuse and Recycling Centre
  • Work with NLWA, our disposal Authority, to increase what they recover from the refuse stream for recycling or reuse
  • Support more reuse and repair waste prevention opportunities in Haringey by collaborating with the local community to do initiatives such as jumble trails, clothes swaps (swishing) and vintage fairs
  • Increase recycling at schools to include more food waste, introduce textiles and battery recycling and have competitions to encourage participation
  • Increase the number of on-street small electrical recycling points across the borough
  • Trial a food waste collection service for flats above shops
  • Explore improving food waste recycling options for blocks of flats
  • Agree and implement a recycling contamination policy for Haringey to improve the quality and amount of recycling collected
  • Engage with the community and NLWA to establish a ‘Library of Things’ (external link)where people can hire useful equipment for jobs in your home
  • Build on the success of the Crouch End low plastic zone by increasing low plastic zones across the borough

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Page last updated:

December 21, 2022