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Glasgow announced as the second most toxic city in the UK

Added on: 27th September, 2018 by News Editor

Glasgow announced as the second most toxic city in the UK

Last Updated:
Mon, 29 October 2018

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A new study has revealed that Glasgow is the second most toxic city in the UK, with one of the lowest recycling rates, the highest number of sewage treatment plants and one of the highest average daily flows of traffic compared to other UK cities.

The study, conducted by Good Move, analysed carbon emissions, active power stations, sewage treatment plants, electrical substations, pollution levels, registered landfill sites, annual average daily flow of traffic and recycling levels across 10 of the most populous cities in the UK.

Glasgow has been found to have the most sewage treatment plants than any other UK city, with a total of six, compared to Liverpool, Central London, Manchester and Newcastle who have zero.

As well as a high number of sewage treatment plants, Glasgow also has one of the highest average daily flows of traffic, with 30,671 vehicles travelling across major roads in 2017. Glasgow is beaten only by Leeds with 33,545 and Cardiff with 34,017 vehicles.

Itís not all bad news for Glasgow, as the city has one of the lowest numbers of landfill sites with only one, compared to Bristol which has six. The World Health Organization set a target PM2.5 pollution level of 10 ug/m3 per year and Glasgow has the lowest rate of pollution, with only 8ug/m3 found in the air in 2018.

Active power stations: 0
Sewage treatment plants: 6
Electrical substations: 1
Pollution (ug/m3): 8
Landfill sites: 1
Traffic volume: 30,671
Carbon emissions (kt): 2,660
Percentage of waste recycled: 25.2%

To analyse how toxic our cities really are, Good Move created Is Your House Killing You?, which demonstrates how everyday objects around our homes and even the city we live in can have a dangerous effect on our health and wellbeing.

The full top 10 cities in order of most toxic to least toxic can be viewed below:

London / Manchester
Nottingham / Liverpool

To view the full data set, please visit:

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