OVER 40 per cent of the borough's waste is being recycled each month, according to the  Hillingdon Council .

Official figures show that 12,269 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent of over 1500 double decker buses - was recycled by residents in the last three months.

This is an increase of 4 per cent on the same time last year.

Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts in helping us to become one of London’s leading boroughs for recycling.

"This is welcome news for the council and for taxpayers. If all of this recycling had ended up in landfill it would have cost millions in landfill charges so it’s good for people’s pockets as well as the environment."

Residents can recycle newspapers, glass and plastic bottles, cans and garden waste. A free fridge freezer collection service is also available.

There are two civic amenity sites in the borough, in South Ruislip and Harefield.

Residents in the south of the borough are served by temporary recycling weekends at the Railway Sidings in Tavistock Road, West Drayton, following the closure of the Rigby Lane site in Hayes 18 months ago.

They take place on the last weekend of each month, and the next one is due to take place on August 28 and 29.