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North London Waste Authority

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest). Nearly 1.9 million residents live in the NLWA area.

NLWA is responsible for helping the seven north London boroughs dispose of the 827,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year. NLWA's aims are to:

  • achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2020
  • reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to 35% (of 1995 amounts) by 2020

Find out more about NLWA, and visit 'Wise Up To Waste', NLWA's consumer website, which contains information for residents on reducing waste and recycling more.


Authority members

Meet Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, and the other NLWA members – two from each of the seven north London member boroughs.

Councillor Clyde Loakes

What happens to north London's waste?

LondonWaste, a company wholly owned by the NLWA, deals with the disposal of most of north London's household waste and recycling.  Find out more about what happens after it is collected by watching this video.  More information, and tips and advice, for residents and businesses is available on NLWA's consumer website, Wise Up To Waste.

Green waste
Visit NLWA's "Wise up to Waste" website
heat and power project


  • New contract with LondonWaste Ltd confirmed

    Jan 02, 2015
    Following its December meeting. North London Waste Authority has confirmed that it has entered into a new main waste contract with LondonWaste Ltd, which is 100% owned by the Authority.

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  • Replacement local energy facility consent process launched

    Nov 20, 2014
    North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has today (20 November 2014) announced the start of the North London Heat and Power Project - a £450-500 million* Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield. This would replace the existing Energy from Waste plant at the EcoPark that has served north London well for around 45 years but is coming to the end of its operational life.

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