The borough's recycling rates have soared since new recycling collections were introduced, according to Hillingdon Council.

Since the introduction of weekly garden waste collections in July 2013, textiles in August 2013 and food recycling last October, there has been an overall increase in recycling across the borough of more than fiveper cent.

For the first quarter of this financial year overall recycling rates are at 50.7per cent, up from 45.5per cent for the same time last year.

The government has set a target for local authorities to be recycling 45per cent of its waste by 2015.

Between April and June last year - when collections were fortnightly - a total of 3,595 tonnes of green garden waste was taken for composting.

For the same period this year - with weekly garden waste collections and the introduction of a food waste collection - a total of 5,649 tonnes was picked up, more than 57per cent increase.

There was also a rise in the clear sack dry recycling rates.

Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for recycling, said: "This is a great success for the borough.

"I am delighted to see that our new services have been well received and I would like to thank our residents for going the extra mile by recycling more and helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill."

You can order recycling bags, including garden waste bags, online. You can also request food recycling caddies and existing food waste participants can order additional food waste liners online. 

Clear recycling sacks and purple textiles recycling sacks are also available from local libraries if you present your HillingdonFirst card. For more information visit