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18 London boroughs to receive £3.7m flat recycling boost

Grants totalling £3.7m are to be delivered to 18 London boroughs, in order to develop underground recycling storage systems, recycling incentive schemes and mobile recycling facilities for flats across the capital.

The 18 local authorities successfully bid for £3.7m of funding from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), in the second round of the flats recycling programme. The funding will be used to support the development of new recycling services and improvements to existing flat recycling collections.

Projects include:

  • The development of the London Green Points incentive scheme for flatted properties in Thamesmead, Bexley
  • A mobile recycling vehicle for Southwark, which will help estates to recycle textiles, electrical as well as wood and scrap metal.
  • A food waste collection service for 17,484 households living on estates in Croydon, which will receive food waste recycling bins and six months of compostable caddy liners.

LWARB chair James Cleverly said: “Both round one and two of the flats recycling programme has helped 26 boroughs improve recycling facilities and boost recycling rates from over 520,000 flats. Some residents will be able to recycle from their property for the first time, as well as new materials including food waste and small electrical goods. This is a great step towards making it easier for residents living in these properties to recycle.”

In total, the programme has funded 29 projects in 26 London boroughs with a total programme budget of £5m.

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