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Industry roundtable calls for London waste authorities to align collection approaches

Waste industry experts have called for a more collaborative approach to waste collection, and a ‘London-wide’ approach to waste in the capital.

In a roundtable discussion by think-tank and lobbying organisation London Councils, experts called for a collaborative approach in order to “increase the consistency of services offered across borough boundaries”.

The organisation’s ‘Cutting Waste - Not Servicesreport says: “Service provision and service changes must be supported with significant communications inputs. Recycle for London is very well placed to help coordinate a London-wide approach.”

The roundtable recommended greater use of incentives to encourage recycling, including both “carrots and/or sticks” and rewarding collective good behaviour. It also identified four lobbying priorities for London Councils:

  • Collective approach against the “right to waste” culture in favour of waste reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Encouraging a sustained campaign on recycling
  • Influencing the packaging design market and the recyclability of materials entering the packaging waste stream
  • Securing the extension and strengthening of producer responsibility obligations across a number of priority waste streams and for waste authorities to be able to derive more value from the PRN system.

London Councils Transport and Environment Committee Vice Chair Cllr Nilgun Canver said: “Waste and recycling are key services for Londoners as they directly affect residents and contribute significantly to how they perceive the services and overall performance of their local council. The cost of waste and recycling services is a major concern for all boroughs and is the third biggest area of spend for many authorities, after education and social care.”

Attendees included London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) chair James Cleverly, London Community Resource Network chief executive Matthew Thomson and Grant Thornton director Nigel Mattravers.

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  • Communications strategy must include a realistic explanation of what happens to the materials and bodies should ensure collected materials are used to most effective purpose environmentally and economically. That's the only way to generate public support for the 'sticks' that are used.

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