The top 5 UK cities for recycling

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Have you ever wondered what the UK’s greenest cities are? We all recognise the importance of recycling in the current day and age. However, there is no denying that there are some parts of the UK that are making more of a dedicated effort than others. If we were all to take inspiration from these cities, we could be doing a lot more to save our planet. From electrical recycling to plastic recycling, continue reading to discover more about the top five cities in the UK for recycling.


5. Derry, Northern Ireland – In fifth place, we have Derry, which is in Northern Ireland. This has a population of 150,497. In terms of plastic tonnes sent to recycling, they have sent 2,833 tonnes.


4. Merthyr Tydfil, Wales – Next, we have Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. While this part of the country may have only recycled 1,165 tonnes, it is significant when you consider the fact that the population is only 59,953. This makes it the fourth-best city in the United Kingdom for recycling.


3. Swansea, Wales – With a population of 245,480, Swansea does exceptionally well on the recycling front, recycling 4,982 tonnes of plastic.


2. Bridgend, Wales – There is a theme here, isn’t there? Wales is putting the rest of the United Kingdom to shame. In Bridgend, there is a population of 144,288, and they have sent 3,264 plastic tonnes to recycling.


1.Wigan, North West – Finally, a city that is doing well in England! Taking the top spot is Wigan, which is located in the North West of England. Wigan currently has a population of 324,650. Despite this, the area has managed to send 9,038 tonnes of plastic for recycling. 


The information on the amount of plastic that has been recycled has been sourced through a survey that was carried out. This survey assessed the quantity of plastic that was sent for recycling from every city and town in the UK between 2017 and 2018. It was then cross-referenced with the population to create a plastic recycling index.


Were you surprised by any of the cities that have been mentioned in this blog post?



Do you know what your city does to promote recycling and to ensure that everyone is operating in a manner that is as environmentally friendly as possible?



No matter what effort your city puts in, it is important to ensure that you put in the effort too. Plastic, especially, is a huge problem when it comes to pollution around the world, and so we all need to be more responsible when it comes to the manner in which we dispose of this material.

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