A London authority has claimed recycling rates need to double if targets are going to be met, according to guardian-series.co.uk.

Residents in North London managed to increase rubbish placed into household recycling bins in between April and June 2012, with rates rising to 32.9 per cent.

However, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) said twice as much rubbish will have to be recycled to reach 2020 targets – recycling 50 per cent of household waste and only 15 per cent of waste sent to landfill.

According to the latest figures, between April and June 2012, 26.6 per cent of waste in North London was sent to landfill. This compares to the same period in 2011 when 29.4 per cent of waste in the area was sent to landfill.

The NLWA was in the news earlier this month also urging Barnet residents to recycle more to save money, according to time-series.co.uk. The authority claimed that savings needed to be made due to the fact that from April 1st the cost of sending a tonne of waste to landfill increased from £64 to £72.

Clyde Loakes, chair of NLWA, said at the time: “North London produces 850,000 tonnes of waste every year. At current costs and recycling rates, in 2013/14 we’ll be paying around £13.1 million in landfill tax alone, that’s around £1.5 million more than last year.”

He added: “It’s really important that local people help us do this by putting more into their recycling bins and less into their rubbish bins.”

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