A new interactive guide looks at the most toxic cities in the UK. This factors in air pollution levels, active power stations, traffic volume and landfill sites. This highlights the importance of green space and public parks to balance these findings, and clean up some UK cities.
Leeds is the most toxic city to live in with five electrical substations and a staggering annual average traffic flow of 33,545 vehicles a day. The city is revealed to have one of the highest rates of carbon emissions, producing an astonishing 4,000kt per year.
Since trees can absorb up to 48lbs of carbon per year, green spaces are vital to improving these cities.
Newcastle is the least toxic city due to low carbon emissions and a high rate of waste recycled. Newcastle is the least toxic city, with no active power stations, no sewage treatment plants and only one electrical substation and landfill site. The city also boasts a low rate of carbon emissions, producing only 1,335kt per year.
Cardiff is the most congested city. The Department for Transport revealing an annual average daily traffic flow of 34,017 vehicles across major roads. However, statistics from SUEZ show that Cardiff also boasts the highest percentage of waste recycled, with an impressive 58,1%.
Birmingham recycles only 24.4% of waste. Nottingham boasts the lowest carbon emissions with only 1,222 kt – almost nine times less than Central London.
The full top 10 cities in order of most toxic to least toxic:
4. = London & Manchester
8. = Nottingham & Liverpool