A support programme to help London’s waste authorities hit recycling targets and cut CO2 emissions has underspent in its first year, but the spare cash will be spent during the next three years.
Resource London (RL) is a jointly funded partnership programme between WRAP and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB). A report ahead of LWARB’s board meeting on 17 March says the £2.25m for the current financial year is likely to be £800,000 underspent.
LWARB says its underspend element of £450,000 is being reallocated to 2017-18 and 2018-19 “to reflect the need for increased budget for Recycle for London in these years to achieve an uplift in regional campaign activity”.
The report indicates that, since the start of the programme in April 2015, individual meetings have been held with all 38 waste authorities to review their service.
As a result, eight tailored support projects are being delivered by RL, including one for three authorities looking at the introduction of food waste services.
It is also supporting Ealing Council through procurement at a MRF, and has provided services related consumer research to two west London boroughs which are moving to either fortnightly residual waste (changed from weekly) or alternate week collections (one week residual waste, the next recycling) in the coming year. It is also supporting four south-east London boroughs to explore the opportunity of jointly procuring environmental services.
RL focuses on three types of work stream:
- service reviews – providing single or multiple waste authorities with support in developing and managing their service to recycle greater volumes of higher quality materials while reducing costs, and delivering good and consistent services to residents
- behaviour change – delivering London-wide communications and borough-level communications support under the Recycle for London campaign and tailored London ’Love Food Hate Waste’ and ’Love Your Clothes’ campaigns
- innovation and development – developing expertise within waste authorities to reduce identified skills gaps and enable progressive solutions to be implemented through research and best practice
Around half of the funding (49%) goes on behaviour change with 18% earmarked for service review, 11% for innovation and 23% for evaluation and other costs, although it says the proportions are fluid depending on project development.
What is Resource London?
Resource London is a support programme for London waste authorities, helping them to achieve recycling targets set by the mayor of London and national Government. The objective is that, by 2020, London will have more consistent and more efficient waste and recycling services that:
- achieve the mayor’s target that London recycles 50% of local authority collected waste by 2020
- make an effective contribution to the city’s CO2 emissions performance standard
- make a significant contribution towards England achieving its 50% household waste recycling target in 2020
To achieve this, a range of support will be deployed across four focus areas:
- minimising waste produced and maximising reuse
- the capture of unavoidable food waste
- improving the yield of dry recycling from flats
- increasing the quality of dry recycling