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£5m available for flats recycling in London

Funding has been made available by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) to help find ways to improve recycling performance in flats and high rise buildings in the capital.

The £5m funding pot will be available for local authorities to bid for to improve existing recycling services on flats and multi-occupancy buildings, or to implement new schemes.

Flats were identified as a key area where London needs to work on improving its recycling rate by London Mayor Boris Johnson in his draft municipal waste strategy.

Johnson said: “With so many people in this city living in flats, we have to find smart ways to help boost recycling in these properties.

“I welcome this investment to fund solutions into an area that City Hall has identified as a top priority for the board to invest in.”

Flats and multi-occupancy buildings account for around 50% of all housing in London but recycling for these properties currently stands at around 10%.

LWaRB board member David Williams said: “Making it easy for flat dwellers in London to recycle is not just a good idea, it is essential.

LWaRB is aiming to have all the funds committed by March 2011, with successful schemes being fully operational by March 2012.

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