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The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and its constituent boroughs already have a strong record of partnership working, and a clearly defined set of strategies created in partnership, which define how we work and the decisions we make.

North London Joint Waste Strategy

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The North London Joint Waste Strategy (NLJWS) provides the strategic framework for municipal waste management in North London for the period 2004 - 2020. The NLJWS sets out the targets for reducing, reusing and recovering a greater proportion of the municipal waste which is generated in the North London Waste Authority area and for reducing the amount which is sent for disposal to landfill.

The NLJWS sets out how waste will be managed in line with the waste hierarchy:



Implementing the strategy involves working in partnership as local authorities and with local communities to provide the services and facilities required to make the improvements we need at the most efficient scale of operation and finance. This involves action and investment in waste minimisation, recycling and composting and recovering energy from waste.

The first draft of the NLJWS was published in 2004 (Mayor's Draft, September 2004) but was subsequently updated and subjected to a new Strategic Environmental Assessment or SEA in 2008 before final adoption.

The NLJWS completed the process of adoption by all eight partners (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest and the NLWA) in February 2009.

Summary leaflet

A bite-sized version of the NLJWS has been produced (June 2009) to share the vision for meeting the challenge of managing waste in north London up to 2020. The summary additionally provides an update on progress with implementing the Strategy and sets out how progress will be monitored and reviewed.

North London Waste Prevention Plan

In partnership with the seven boroughs NLWA also produces the Waste Prevention Plan 2016-18. This sets out in more detail how the waste prevention objectives within the North London Joint Waste Strategy will be met. This regularly updated plan details a series of short to medium term actions to minimise the amount of waste produced by north London. (The previous 2014-16 Plan is available here). The implementation of the Plan is carried out by NLWA and the constituent borough councils (together or separately).

A shorter summary version of the Waste Prevention Plan 2016-18 is also available. Click here to download it.

Key facts

The Mayor of London's spatial strategy for the capital, the London Plan, sets a target of working towards sending the equivalent of zero waste to landfill by 2031.