Published date: 5 September 2018

Realising the Magic of Recycling in North London: Recycle Week 2018

Ever wondered how all the different materials in your recycling bin get sorted? And did you know that when you recycle an aluminium can, it could be filled and back on the shelf in just six weeks[1]?

When we dispose of our waste, it’s often a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ but behind the scenes, there’s some pretty clever technology at work, making it all happen. North London Waste Authority (NLWA) knows that residents are interested to learn what happens to their recycling. That’s why, to mark this year’s Recycle Week (24 to 30 September 2018), they are running seven Recycling Workshops, one in each of the seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

The workshops are informative and fun, including freebies and games. They cover what items can and cannot be recycled (and why!), how lasers and magnets are used to sort waste and what our recycling gets turned into.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said, “Recycling is a magical process. Everyday items such as jam jars or dog food tins hold real value and, if that value is realised through recycling, they form part of a never-ending cycle. Here at NLWA, we believe that by explaining what happens to north London’s recycling, we can inspire everyone to come together and make that small change for a greater good.”

Visit to see a list of all events and to book your place. The events are free to people who live/work/study in the borough.