Learn more about Waste Disposal in London
It is estimated that over 900,000 sofas and nearly 1 million fridge-freezer units are discarded in the city annually, which is an indication of the size the waste management industry needs to be to cope with the sheer volume of refuse generated across sectors. Local authority waste collections deal with most general household waste and recycling but have limited services for clinical and hazardous waste removal. Confidential and electronic waste are also better handled through private waste disposal methods, which use state of the art technology and provide easily traceable services for clients.
Environmentally sustainable waste disposal is also more prevalent in the private sector, with most companies achieving at least a 90% recycling rate on all waste collected. As a highly competitive and expanding industry, environmentally sustainable waste management has become a baseline measure of an organisation’s professionalism as a means of counteracting climate change and damage to the environment through waste.
London’s local authorities are also becoming increasingly conscious of the environment in their management of municipal waste and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Many borough councils run awareness campaigns to initiate change in response to educating communities on sustainable waste management and how small everyday actions can make a big difference to the amount of overall waste that is produced.
London boroughs have an obligation to deliver waste management solutions in line with the London Environment Strategy. This has been approved by the Mayor of London and sets out core strategies and frameworks that local councils need to implement to improve recycling rates and drive environmental wellbeing for communities and green spaces within the city. The key aims of the strategy are to drive down waste disposal and keep refuse at the top of the waste hierarchy for as long as possible. This means reusing, refurbishing, and reselling items as used goods before recycling and recovery of materials, and finally disposal and incineration at the bottom of the waste hierarchy.
Although borough councils and overseeing waste partnerships achieve a 100% recycling rate in some cases, the overall rate for London is a disappointing 32%, due to some boroughs underperforming in terms of sustainable waste management targets. At Wayst, we work with trusted service providers who can maintain high levels of recycling, customer service, and health and safety standards and who share our values of socially responsible sustainability in waste management.
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