A new recycling scheme has been unveiled at The London Conference which is aimed at providing support to London’s waste authorities, as well as those specialising in rubbish removal in London. The scheme, which is known as Resource London will be delivered in partnership with the London Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).
Resource London will provide a variety of support services to the capital’s waste authorities in an effort to save money whilst maintaining high standards. One of its main targets is to meet the Mayor of London’s 50 per cent local authority waste recycling target by 2020.
The scheme will run from April 2015 with the goal of providing a more unified and structured approach to waste recycling with specific targets and bespoke local and regional support. Some of the main targets include:
• 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.
Counsellor Clyde Loakes, who is 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 added:
“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.”
WRAP is a registered charity which works with business and communities to help reduce waste and develop sustainable products. It was established in 2000 and receives financial support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. LWARB, which is the other partner in this new initiative, is a statutory body established by the GLA Act 2007. It is chaired by the Mayor of London and aims to cut down on waste, encourage recycling and champion improved methods of waste and rubbish clearance in London.
The new scheme heralds a new era in rubbish collection in London and offers the chance to create a more cohesive, efficient recycling service which is currently lacking in some areas of the capital. Recycling seems to be the byword at the moment with Londoner’s encouraged to practice methods of waste disposal that are more beneficial to the environment.
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