Slim Your Bin

Slim your bin by reducing, reusing and recycling

We throw out more rubbish than any other London borough, which is expensive and bad for the environment:

  • It costs the average household £60 pounds a month in food waste.
  • Waste food breaks down in landfills, giving off greenhouse gasses which then contribute to climate change.
  • If you don’t sort your recyclables properly, this rubbish is treated like general domestic waste or doesn’t get fully recycled.

On average, every household in Barking and Dagenham creates 1 tonne of rubbish a year– that’s 40% more than some neighbouring boroughs!

We all have a part to play in reducing the amount of rubbish we produce, and as a borough, we want to get better. Our target is for each household to only produce a single bin of non-recyclable rubbish each week and to improve our recycling rates as much as possible.

If we can reduce the amount of rubbish we send for disposal by just 6% a year, and recycle at the average rate for London, the council can save £2 million by 2020.

How much money can you, or your family, save? There are many small changes you can make to reduce waste including better food storage and clever recipes to use up leftover food.

Get started with ideas, inspiration and advice here.

Barking and Dagenham produces more waste than any other London borough

We can save £2 million by 2020 if we reduce rubbish by 6% a year

Over half of the rubbish we produce in Barking and Dagenham is food waste