Learn more about Waste Recycling in East London
There are people who see waste recycling after waste collections as an extra task that involves additional effort and do not include it in their waste clearance process. Waste recycling is a vital process for the health and condition of our environment.
ELWA (East London Waste Authority) which has been set up between Redbridge, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Newham to deal with waste more efficiently in East London along with the appointed waste contractor DSO they achieve a recycling rate of 49.63%, which is quite low when compared to other leading areas in Europe, 60%+ should be achievable. Sending 50.37% of waste to landfill is not sustainable
To ensure we shift the perspective of our industry, waste recycling after waste removal must increase and must be done in a way that is professional and in alignment with certain standards, only then can the industry evolve.
in the grand scheme of things £108,059,991.65 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year in East London, however if divided by East London's population of 2,161,200 it only works out to £50 per person, which again in the grand scheme of things is not that much. Could more money be spent on waste management?
There are two different types of waste and when conducting a waste removal both have two different angles of responsibility:
1. Household waste comes from residential properties. Which East London produces 449,792 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 49.63%, this means 456,498 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of East London’s councils or boroughs to do the waste removal and waste management properly.
2. Business waste is classified as any type of waste generated from commercial activity. Which 8,599 active businesses in East London produces 896,627 tonnes of commercial waste and 185,829 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste management.