Learn more about Waste Recycling in South West 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 as well as WRWA (Western Riverside Waste Authority) which has been set up between Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth and Lambeth to deal with waste more efficiently in West London along with the waste contractors May Gurney and Veolia ES UK they achieve a recycling rate of 39.70%, which is quite low when compared to other leading areas in Europe, 60%+ should be achievable. Sending 60.30% 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 £44,523,698.00 is a substantial amount for the councils to spend on public waste management per year in South West London, however if divided by South West London's population of 1,748,084 it only works out to £25 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 West London produces 291,021 tonnes of domestic waste and only recycles 39.70%, this means 442,030 is sent to landfill each year. In this instance it is the overall responsibility of South West 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 35,980 active businesses in South West London produces 725,236 tonnes of commercial waste and 150,308 tonnes of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the business that has produced it to perform proper waste clearance and waste management.