An action plan could be launched to boost the recycling rate in Enfield after it consistently fell below the council’s target.

The proportion of household waste sent for reuse, recycling and composting failed to meet the 37 per cent target in the past four quarters of the municipal year, the latest figures show.

Enfield Council is considering drawing up an action plan to improve performance, according to the authority’s latest quarterly performance report.

But the council says changes to the waste service – including a move from weekly to fortnightly refuse and recycling collections – are expected to increase the rate of recycling.

The report, which went to cabinet on Wednesday (January 22), showed the most recent household recycling figure was 35.1 per cent – down 1.8 percentage points year-on-year.

It dipped as low as 29.3 per cent at the beginning of 2019.

Enfield Council’s deputy leader Cllr Ian Barnes (Labour, Winchmore Hill) told the meeting changes to the waste service had led to a 38 per cent increase in demand for the customer contact centre.

The council rolled out a weekly food waste collection service and an optional, paid-for garden waste collection service in November.

Fortnightly collections of domestic waste and recycling are due to begin on March 2.