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Waste Board sets up dating agency to help boost London's recycling

A waste dating agency is being set up by the London Waste and Recycling Board to deal with the 21 million tonnes of rubbish produced in London each year.

The new brokerage service will link up waste producers with site owners, London boroughs and energy users and aims to provide new sites for reuse, recycling and energy-from-waste facilities.

Staffed and funded by the Board and using its oversight of the waste industry in London, it will provide expertise, funds and contacts to help develop waste projects to meet the Boards priorities.

The Board has agreed its first business plan with a budget of £37m committed over the next year (see MRW story)

Chair of the LWRB and Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: This fantastic waste dating agency will be vital for anyone who has a great idea for getting energy from our waste or recycling our rubbish they wont have to wade through endless bureaucracy but can get the expertise and help they need. It will certainly make life easier for innovators with bright new ideas for dealing with recycling and waste to invest in London.

The Board agreed at its first meeting to fund the Recycle for London campaign. The latest stage of this campaign, uses mobile phone games to urge people to recycle. Since its launch last week more than 1,000 people have downloaded the game (see MRW story).

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