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London targets rented sector recycling

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Best practice for London boroughs to work with tenants and landlords in tackling waste management issues in the domestic rented sector has been set out in a new guide.

Six topics are covered in the guide including: communications, collaboration, tenancy agreements, waste collection service provision and policies, licensing and enforcement.

Suggested improvements include incorporating waste management into licensing processes and tenancy agreements, and targeting communications to landlords and tenants on their responsibilities.

The guide, which includes case studies and good practice examples, was commissioned by Resource London and the London Environment Directors Network (Lednet) from management consultancy Eunomia.

Research had suggested that difficulty in containing waste and high levels of recycling contamination from the rented sector represented a barrier to London reinvigorating its recycling rates.

Sue Harris, representing Lednet, said the rented sector had been identified as an area where more work was needed with stakeholders to help raise the level of engagement with recycling services.

“With the help of this guide, and by engaging more effectively with tenants, landlords, their agents and their representative bodies, we can tackle these issues which we know are not just restricted to London.”

Antony Buchan, head of programme for Resource London, said: “London has a large transient population. Lots of Londoners live in rented accommodation – often only for short periods. Helping them to engage with the local authorities’ waste and recycling services can be challenging.”

The Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector was launched by Resource London and Lednet at the London Conference. Eunomia’s authors are Joe Papineschi and Rob Gillies. 

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