Published date: 10 June 2020

NLWA Launches Website To Aid Waste Prevention

On Monday NLWA launched its new website as one part of ambitious plans to help residents drive up recycling in north London between 2020 and 2022. From reuse and recycling centres to recipes for stale bread, NLWA’s new website will provide residents with the information they need to waste less and recycle more. It should also prove a useful resource for industry partners and other stakeholders. The move is the next step for NLWA’s successful Wise Up To Waste campaign, which has had a separate website for the past seven years.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “Our Wise Up To Waste campaign has been a big success – helping residents divert 10,000 tonnes of waste a year that would otherwise have been thrown away. But after seven years it is time to put all that practical advice together with information about how we handle north London’s waste – now and in the future. That way people will be as well informed as possible to make the right decisions about what they do with their waste and resources.
“We are committed to helping our residents drive up recycling and reduce their waste; being under lockdown during the COVID-19 outbreak has shown how important it is that we all make best use of the resources we have. And in the middle of a climate emergency it’s essential that we do everything we can to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. Our Reducing Residual Waste Plan sets out how we intend to support our residents to do just that during the next two years. I’m confident that having one, easy to use website will mean residents have everything they need at their fingertips.”
The new website has a fresh new look that will make it easier for residents to find the information they need on waste and recycling. It features a new and wide-ranging A-Z of materials to give residents clear and accessible information about how to dispose of common household items, including advice on whether those items are recyclable. It also features comprehensive information about what happens to the items north Londoners recycle. This information demonstrates how important it is that everyone plays their part in recycling everything they can, following recent media stories about the destination of some of the UK’s recyclable material. 
The site will also be home to NLWA’s award-winning waste prevention programme, which includes a wealth of innovative projects, such as Low Plastic Zones and the Save a Crust events. Local community groups will also be able to find information about funding, online resources and toolkits to empower them to make change happen locally. These activities are one part of NLWA’s approach to sustainable waste management, which include plans for a state of the art energy recovery facility and associated recycling facilities at Edmonton EcoPark under the North London Heat and Power Project