Charity Begins At Home

Weekly bin collection

In 2018/19 Sutton produced 80,233 tonnes of waste, of which, 72,603 tonnes was household waste. Since the global pandemic, the council says, household wastes have doubled. This trend is not unique to Sutton, according to The Guardian, a third of English councils have seen household waste rise by 50% during the pandemic.

This has obvious impact on our environment that can only be halted when individuals and households take up the responsibility to reduce the waste we produce. 

Fly-tipping sign

Fly-tipping contributed 293 tonnes to Sutton’s household waste in 2018/19. This waste was collected across the Borough from 3151 fly-tips. 

Wast at a fly-tipping site

A disused can of foam disposed improperly

Fish jar left on a public walkway

Fly-tipping can severely impact our environment. Chemicals in the waste can contaminate the soil, and harm local wildlife. Disease transmission is also a concern with the problem of fly-tipping. 

Waste that cannot be recycled or reused is thermally treated at the Energy Recovery Facility in Beddington. By no longer using landfill, the borough reduces the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.