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Recycling guide

How we plan to increase recycling in Swindon

In 2018 Swindon recycled just 40% of its waste, which was below national government targets. Every tonne of waste we don’t recycle costs the taxpayer £120 a year, which is around £6.5m a year in total.

In order to achieve the best environmental and economic outcomes for Swindon and to increase our recycling rate we have developed and are implementing a ten-year Waste Strategy ‘Sustainable Swindon: Waste Less, Recycle More’.

The strategy will run until 2029 and will be reviewed annually to take into account changes in local and national priorities and new technologies. You can find out more at the Sustainable Swindon website.

Our actions for 2019/20 are:

  • Provide help and advice through our waste wardens
  • Improve information for residents to make recycling clearer
  • Further improve recycling across council premises
  • Trial a weekly food waste collection service for selected households and introduce compulsory recycling to improve recycling rates

Households who are struggling to recycle, or who would just like some advice, can get support and guidance from our waste wardens.

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