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LWARB gives boroughs £1.2m to improve recycling


The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has awarded £1.2 million in grants to 17 London boroughs to improve recycling in the capital.

Under the Driving Up Performance Fund, first announced in September 2013, London boroughs and joint waste disposal authorities have been offered grants for collection infrastructure to increase recycling in the capital.

It was announced today (10 February) that 13 projects have received grants of between £11,700 to £200,000 to introduce new recycling services, or to improve or expand existing infrastructure.

It is hoped that these project will provide new or improved recycling facilities to over one million households, and divert approximately 60,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and incineration over the first four years.

Speaking of the award of funding, Councillor Clyde Loakes, LWARB Efficiencies Committee Chair and Board Member, said: “The Driving Up Performance Fund will help 17 boroughs improve recycling facilities and boost recycling rates for over one million households. Some residents will be able to recycle from their property for the first time, including food waste. This is a great step towards making it easier for residents living in the capital to recycle.”

Successful bids for funding include:

  • improving household waste recycling centres in Ealing and Bromley;
  • introducing a dry and food waste recycling service to the remaining 84 households in Bexley without one;
  • rolling out a new food waste recycling service to around 15,000 households in flats in Brent and 3,500 flats in Hounslow;
  • introducing food waste to primary and secondary schools in Merton;
  • providing reusable bags to around 28,000 households in Haringey and 34,000 in Sutton so they can carry recycling to onsite facilities more easily;
  • installing 28 new bring sites in Havering and Redbridge and improving existing bring sites;
  • introducing a bulky waste reuse service to Islington residents;
  • improving the recycling service provided to around 40,000 flats in Lewisham, 60,000 flats in Wesminster, and to flats across Western Riverside Waste Authority (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth and Wandsworth).

As well as funding for the projects themselves, LWARB will also provide communications support to help councils implement their recycling projects. 

LWARB works in conjunction with the Mayor of London and London councils to improve waste management in the capital. 

The funding marks the latest efforts by LWARB to improve recycling in the captial. Recent work undertaken by LWARB as part of its Flats Recycling Programme reportedly provided new or improved recycling services to 522,718 London households.

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