Bower Collective researched the annual household waste per capita for over 100 towns and cities in England, as well as looking at fly-tipping rates and the percentage of recycled household waste for each place.
They then inputted this data into the tool, which allows users to select their town or city and see how it ranks on all of these points – as well as where it ranks out of English areas on wastefulness.
The tool also allows you to see whether your local area has improved over time on recycling rates and waste.
Which areas performed best?
Because the tool used several different measures to look at “wastefulness” in various towns and cities, the rankings are different for each.
However, taking all the data together – on recycling rates per capita, household waste produced and fly-tipping rates – Bower Collective produced a top 10 list of the least wasteful towns and cities. The list is as follows:
Bracknell & Watford (tie)
Stroud topped the list as the place with the second highest recycling rate, and was fourth for lowest amount of waste per household.
While the average waste produced per household in England is 403kg, weighing the same as a horse, the average in Stroud was just 299kg per person.
Which areas fared less well?
According to the tool, areas like Nottingham, South Shields and Sunderland performed less well on measures like recycling rates and fly tipping.
However, lower recycling rates are driven by many different factors and don’t necessarily indicate that people in these areas are less willing to recycle.
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