Learn more about Waste Recycling in South 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.
SLWP (South London Waste Partnership) which has been set up between Merton, Kingston upon Thames, Croydon and Sutton to deal with waste more efficiently in south London along with a mix between waste contractors DSO and Veolia ES UK they achieve a recycling rate of 35.54%, which is quite low when compared to other leading areas in Europe, 60%+ should be achievable. Sending 64.46% 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 £80,664,727.40 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year in South East London, however if divided by South East London's population of 1,833,289 it only works out to £44 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 South East London produces 273,225 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 35.54%, this means 495,557 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of South 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 8,675 active businesses in South East London produces 760,585 tonnes of commercial waste and 157,634 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste management.