New programme to help London boroughs recycle more unveiled today

12th February 2015

Unveiled today at The London Conference, is the new, jointly funded, support programme for London waste authorities, aptly named Resource London. It will be delivered in partnership by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP, the UK’s resource efficiency body.

Resource London will provide a range of support to London waste authorities helping them to save money whilst continuing to maintain high service standards.  It will also help the city move towards the Mayor of London’s 50 per cent local authority waste recycling target by 2020. 

In meeting the Mayor of London’s target, the capital would make a significant contribution towards the UK achieving the 50% household waste recycling target by the same date. 

The programme will be operational from April 2015 and will provide a unified approach offering specific, targeted and tailored regional and local support. The work of the partnership will be focused on:

Improving the performance of existing food waste collections and introducing new collections where appropriate; 

Improving the yield of dry recycling from flats; 

Increasing the quality of dry recycling to maximise income and service performance; and 

Minimising the amount of waste produced by households within London and maximising re-use. This includes a significant commitment to a tailored London Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Chair of the new Resource London Partnership Board, said: 

“The London Waste and Recycling Board is delighted to be unveiling Resource London in partnership with WRAP. This is a very exciting opportunity to bring more support to London boroughs at a time when we’re striving to deliver excellence in our services against the back drop of austerity.” 

Marcus Gover, Director, WRAP said:

“London faces its own very particular challenges in reducing waste and meeting recycling targets, but we know that by really focussing our action on areas such as food waste collections and dry recyclables we can make a genuine impact.”

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Resource London is a programme set up to help London achieve its 50% recycling targets by 2020, by providing a wide range of support to Waste Authorities across London.  The programme is jointly funded by the London Waste and Recycling Board and WRAP and will run from April 2015 until March 2020.

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), chaired by Richard Tracey AM, working in conjunction with the Mayor of London and London Councils, has a remit to improve waste management in the capital.  For more information on LWARB visit www.lwarb.gov.uk.

WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity.  WRAP works with UK Governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency. Find out more at www.wrap.org.uk, follow on Twitter @WRAP_UK