Learn more about Waste Recycling in London
Once a waste removal has taken place waste recycling is a vital process for the health and condition of our environment and should not be perceived as an extra task that is involved in their waste clearance process, the waste clearance process cannot be reduced if we want to improve London's waste recycling rates
in terms of authorities there are: ELWA (East London Waste Authority) which has been set up between Redbridge, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Newham NLWA (North London Waste Authority) which has been set up between Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Camden, Hackney and Islington WLWA (West London Waste Authority) which has been set up between Hillingdon, Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames WRWA (Western Riverside Waste Authority) which has been set up between Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth and Lambeth SLWP (South London Waste Partnership) which has been set up between Merton, Kingston upon Thames, Croydon and Sutton they achieve a recycling rate of 32.00% is very low for such a forward thinking and thriving city, add to that the fact that London is running out of space sending 68% of waste to landfill this option is clearly not sustainable
To ensure we shift the perspective of our industry, waste recycling after waste clearance 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 £742,108,492.14 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year, however if divided by London's population of 9,304,016 it only works out to £80 per person, which again in the grand scheme of things is not that much, questions could be asked that if sustainability is a top priority could more money be spent on waste management?
Essentially, there are two different types of waste and when looking at waste collections both have two different angles of responsibility:
1. Household waste comes from residential properties. Which London produces 1,248,512 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 32.00%, this means 2,653,088 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of London’s councils or boroughs to treat the waste they collect properly.
2. Business waste is classified as any type of waste generated from commercial activity. Which 1,240,767 active businesses in London produces 3,860,000 tonnes of commercial waste and 800,000 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste treatment.