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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 the videos on LondonWaste's website.  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


  • North London Waste Authority initiatives shortlisted for Industry Awards.

    Apr 07, 2016
    Two projects organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA) have been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards, with one project also being shortlisted for the ‘EWWR Awards’

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  • Success at North London Waste Prevention Exchange

    Feb 19, 2016
    123 delegates enjoyed this year’s North London Waste Prevention Exchange hosted by North London Waste Authority (NLWA). The event was held in Islington on Tuesday 16 February and its main theme focused on ‘From awareness raising to action’ – using waste prevention initiatives to inspire long term behaviour change. Attendees included Elected Members, officers from regional and local authorities, and regional and national third and private sector organisations.

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