The UK strives for waste recycling, composting and energy recovery. To evaluate the best solution, it is important to first understand the production and composition of solid urban waste.
The social benefits of waste recycling are clear. That is why companies and individuals have an ethical responsibility to plan waste management and legal obligations in a responsible manner.
People want to turn London’s waste into an opportunity: reduce waste, recycle and recycle more waste, and turn the rest into low-carbon energy. It will also help London manage more waste locally, save on disposal costs, create local green jobs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Waste management and disposal for businesses
In addition to using sustainable waste management options (such as recycling from different sources), there is still general waste that cannot be recovered in the company. Firstly, companies must do everything possible to reduce waste. If you don’t know where to reduce waste, we offer a series of manuals that give you tips on how to reduce business waste.
Environmental Strategy Project
Mayor Sadiq Khan launched an environmental strategy project in London. The strategy reaffirms the need for changes to make London a great place to live and work. The strategy is divided into six different areas that combine all aspects of the London environment.
- Air quality
- Green infrastructure
- Climate change mitigation and energy
- Sustainable Waste Management
- Adapting to climate change
- Ambient noise
The Mayor’s objectives are:
- drive resource efficiency
- maximise recycling rates
- reduce the environmental impact of waste activities
- maximise local waste sites and ensure London has the infrastructure to manage all the waste it produces
The London environmental strategy proposal 7.2.1.b sets out the expectations of local government mayor for the development of reduction and recycling plans by 2020, which should include local reduction and recycling targets that contribute to the mayor’s goal. PRP guidelines, as well as PRP templates and frequently asked questions about PRP to clarify what local authorities should include in their PR.
They have updated the performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions (PS). It measures the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the London municipal waste management activities. This update takes into account:
- new greenhouse gas metrics
- London’s potential recycling performance, including business waste recycling
- the time it will take to achieve the targets
Waste Collection in London
There are 12 areas in London where waste is collected and disposed of. Then there are four sub-regional legal associations that are responsible for co-processing the waste collected by their members. These joint waste authorities are the East London Waste Authority (ELWA), the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), the Western Riverside Waste Management Authority (WRWA) and the Western Waste Administration London (WLWA). Four cities have set up a voluntary waste association, the South London Waste Partnership.
Despite the addition of sidewalk recycling services, coordinated campaigns and improvements in waste management technologies, the average recycling rate for London is currently around 33%.