join forces to boost recycling
four boroughs that comprise the Western Riverside Waste Authority
(WRWA) have joined forces to mount a new seven-year strategy
for minimising waste and boosting recycling. The
WRWA is responsible for the disposal of waste collected by
Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington
and Chelsea councils.
authority collects 500,000 tonnes of waste a year from the
four boroughs - a figure that is currently forecast to rise
by 10 per cent over the next nine years. Now
the local councils and the WRWA have formed a new Riverside
Waste Partnership that will aim to first slow down this rate
of growth and then reverse it.
partnership's strategy makes disposal of waste to landfill
sites the option of last resort. It aims instead to encourage
minimisation - reducing the amount of waste arising in the
first place - and dramatically increase the rate at which
that waste which is collected is recycled.
has been leading the way in developing new doorstep
recycling techniques. The new orange sack scheme enables
83,000 households to put paper, glass, tin cans, cardboard
and plastic bottles in a single bag.
scheme which was introduced in April this year has already
lead to a huge increase in the proportion of household
waste recycled in the borough - boosting recycling levels
by 132 per cent since it started.
The council is also planning better recycling arrangements
for people in flats whose rubbish is collected from bulk containers.
More than 300 euro-bins for paper and card have already been
installed on housing estates, and by the end of 2006 the council
wants to increase this number to 1,900 so that recycling is
made easy for people who are unable to take part in the Orange
council is now on course to achieve its target of 24 per cent
of waste recycled by 2006 from a current figure of 12.4 per
cent. and the
cabinet member for Environment and Public services Guy Senior
can all do our bit to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
The new strategy aims to get this message across to the 900,000
people who live in the four boroughs.
successful Wandsworth orange sack scheme is now being taken
up by the other boroughs in the partnership. Simplifying the
way we collect waste for recycling is clearly the key to continued
progress in the future.
the strategy is about more than just recycling - it's aiming
to raise awareness amongst Londoners of the need to cut back
on the amount of rubbish we throw out."
Partnership is now consulting on the draft of the joint strategy.
Copies of the strategy document are available in local libraries
and on the WRWA website at
www.wrwa.gov.uk . Copies of the document can also be requested
from WRWA on 020 8871 2788.
on the document can be E-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted by post to The General Manager,
Western Riverside Waste Authority, Smugglers Way, London SW18
3JU. The deadline for comments will be 1st November 2003.
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