A jointly funded support programme to help London’s waste authorities recycle more has been unveiled by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP.
Resource London will aid councils to save money while keeping up a high level of service.
Operational from April this year, the programme will focus on improving the performance of existing food waste collections and introducing new schemes where appropriate.
It will work on increasing the quality of dry recycling to maximise income and service performance as well as improving dry recycling rates from flats.
The programme also aims to minimise the amount of waste produced by households within London and maximise reuse. Part of this will involve committing to a ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign tailored to the city.
The partnership aims to help reach the mayor of London’s target of 50% recycling by 2020. Last year, the capital’s recycling rate stood at 34%.
Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of the London Borough of Waltham Forest and chair of the Resource London partnership board, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to bring more support to London boroughs at a time when we are striving to deliver excellence in our services against the back drop of austerity.”
Marcus Gover, director at WRAP, said: “London faces its own very particular challenges in reducing waste and meeting recycling targets. But we know that by really focusing our action on areas such as food waste collections and dry recyclables, we can make a genuine impact.”