The council's recycling rate has been revealed in fresh data.

There are huge disparities between what different councils will collect for recycling from people’s homes.

How planet-friendly your waste separation is can be a complete postcode lottery, new data from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reveals.

Less than 42 percent of household waste collected by councils across England was taken for reuse, recycling or composting in 2022/23, according to the statistics. 

But the recycling rates varied from just under 18 per cent in Tower Hamlets – the lowest in the country – to just under 62 per cent in South Oxfordshire, which was the highest.

Overall, Greater Manchester sends just over half of its waste to be recycled, reused or composted.

Yet some of the 10 district councils are doing a lot more than others to stop their rubbish from winding up in landfill. 

Stockport Council is the most enthusiastic recycler of all the boroughs. Almost 60 per cent of household waste goes to processing sites, which puts them among the top 10 greenest waste managers in England.

But hot on their heels came Trafford council, who recycle more than 58pc of their residents’ bin contents.

With the 13th highest waste stat in the country, they belong to the top 20 recyclers out of 333 English local authorities.  

Meanwhile, Bury recycles more than 52 percent of its residents’ cast-offs.

And both Wigan and Tameside average around 51 percent. 

Bolton recycles 49 percent of waste. and with just half a percent between them Salford (47.6 per cent) and Rochdale (47.1 per cent) come in seventh and eighth, while Oldham lagged behind with less than 46 per cent of waste recycled. 

But it was Manchester City Council that was named and shamed as the worst recyclers of the 10 borough councils. Only 39 per cent of household waste was recycled. 

Recycling saves around 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year and stops harmful materials like plastic from winding up in our oceans and drinking water. 

 Environment Minister Robbie Moore said: “Reducing waste and increasing recycling is crucial for protecting our environment for future generations.

"Overall, the amount of waste from households has gone down, but recycling rates have also fallen this year.

“We know there is more to do and that is why we are pushing forward with plans for a new, simpler common-sense approach to recycling – making recycling easier for everyone across the country.”