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London Waste and Recycling Board offers £1.2m to recycling projects

Recycling initiatives in London could be awarded part of a £1.2m funding pot aimed at developing collection infrastructure and increasing recycling.

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is offering the money to London boroughs and joint waste disposal authorities to improve the following areas:

  • Recycling collections at the kerbside and in blocks of flats
  • Food and garden waste collections at kerbside and in flats
  • Recycling services provided at Household Waste and Recycling Centres
  • Bulky waste reuse or recycling collections.

The money will be allocated to projects on a competitive basis. Projects will be assessed on: Their value for money, partnership working, project performance monitoring and their ability to cut disposal costs. Funding is also available for monitoring and communications.

LWARB said that it intends to fund no more than 10 projects, with a maximum funding per project of £200,000. The board aims to allocate all the funds by March 2014 and to have the funded schemes fully operational by March 2015.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, LWARB Efficiencies Committee chair said: “I am thrilled that the board is investing in helping London look at ways to improve household recycling.

“The fund will allow boroughs to either roll out new or to improve existing schemes as well as looking at new ways to make recycling as easy as possible for Londoners.”

In February MRW reported that resources minister Lord de Mauley praised LWARB but said it will not be receiving any additional Defra funding in 2013/14.

Nevertheless, in April MRW reported that LWARB was dedicating £19m to bridging London’s waste capacity gap. The aim was to help develop waste projects struggling to win private financial backing.

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