North London view

Governance

Working for north London

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) aims to work to the highest standard for north London’s residents and businesses, ensuring that the health, safety and wellbeing of all involved in and using its services are protected.

The Authority is made up of 14 councillors, two from each of the seven north London boroughs. It is these 14 councillors that make decisions relating to the disposal of north London's waste and hold NLWA accountable for meeting its responsibilities.

Authority meetings are held five times a year and a Programme Committee meets in between Authority meetings. Additional meetings can be held if necessary. An urgency committee has also been established to meet and consider appropriate business where necessary. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, formal Authority meetings, including full Authority meetings and committee meetings, are currently being held remotely. Click here to view guidance on Authority meetings held remotely during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Members of the public and press can attend part one of all Authority meetings. Part two agenda items are confidential for a number of reasons, including commercial confidentiality. Copies of all meeting reports are available here.

NLWA's Standing Orders are another key part of how the organisation conducts its business at political and officer level. A standing order is a rule of procedure adopted by a governing body for its own internal use and regulates how business is carried out at committee meetings.

You can view North London Waste Authority's Standing Orders (April 2019) here.

Equality objective

NLWA aims to create a positive, inclusive work environment and build strong relationships with all its partners to allow everyone to give their best. The Authority is also required to set an equality objective to enable better performance of the general equality duty under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011. NLWA's equality objective states:

"We will aim to ensure that we provide a waste disposal service that is fair, open to all and promotes equality of opportunity."

The measurable outcomes of this objective are:

Authority’s activity

Measurable outcomes

Waste disposal procurement and contract management

Ensuring that any contractors appointed are capable of complying with the duty, understand their obligations, and meet the duty in practice.

Communications and partnership working with boroughs

Ensuring that communications from the Authority are accessible to people with disabilities.

Waste prevention outreach and campaign work

Ensuring accessibility of activities and events to the relevant protected characteristic and encouraging participation from underrepresented groups.

Re-use and recycling centres, visitor centres and other public facing services

Ensuring accessibility of sites and that reasonable adjustment is made for disabilities.

 

Freedom of Information

You may request information from NLWA under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations (Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 3391).

Given the nature of NLWA's activities and the fact that environmental information is interpreted quite broadly, NLWA now generally answers information requests under the Environmental Information Regulations rather than the Freedom of Information Act.

However, you may submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations – NLWA will answer the request according to the appropriate legislation.