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Our Annual Grant Giving

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) awards grants through two funds: the Waste Prevention Community Fund and the Borough Recycling Fund. We also provide funding to not-for-profit organisations that remove items from the municipal waste stream for reuse or recycling through the Reuse and Recycling Credits scheme.

Waste Prevention Community Fund

NLWA established a Waste Prevention Community Fund to support waste prevention initiatives in the north London area. This fund provides community-based (non-profit making) organisations with money to develop new approaches to reduce waste and/or extend the reach and impact of existing waste prevention activity in north London.

More than 850,000 tonnes of waste is collected in north London every year. Much of this waste - food and electric waste, clothes, furniture and single-use plastics - is preventable. NLWA wants to support community-based organisations to tackle waste prevention.

Case studies:

Cirque de Surplus

Festival of Sustainable Fashion

Food Waste Cooking Club Socials

Street Store

The Electrical Repair Directory

The Loop@Grahame Park

Waste Warriors’ Schools Workshops


Reuse and Recycling Credits Scheme 

The Authority pays reuse and recycling credits to not-for-profit organisations operating in north London that remove items from the municipal waste stream for reuse or recycling that would otherwise have been sent for disposal at the Authority’s expense. The value of the credit is paid on each tonne of material reused or recycled. The scheme recognises the saving to the Authority made by this reuse or recycling.

Organisations wishing to claim credits are asked to complete an application form and submit it to NLWA by 22 December 2021 for registration to claim credits for the financial year 1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023. Applicants need to estimate the number of tonnes for which they expect to claim credits in the forthcoming year, should their application be successful.

Only organisations that have been successful in registering for credits with the Authority are then able to make tonnage claims throughout the year. The registration of applicants is renewed annually.

To apply to register for the scheme, please download an application form and submit it by 22 December 2021. 

For further details about the scheme please refer to our guidance note. 


The Borough Recycling Fund

The Borough Recycling Fund is an initiative of NLWA and its contractor Biffa Waste Services Ltd, who process north London’s mixed dry recycling.

The Fund’s purpose is to support new and innovative projects to help increase recycling rates across north London as well as tackle the problem of ‘recycling contamination’ when waste such as nappies, food, and textiles are mistakenly put into mixed recycling bins. The consequences of contamination are significant: in terms of cost to taxpayers of millions of pounds each year because contaminated or incorrect unrecyclable materials disrupt recycling processes. Taxpayers also lose the value of previously recyclable materials which have, unfortunately, been contaminated by non-recyclable waste.

North London boroughs can apply for funding via a grant application process.

In the Fund’s inaugural year, 2020, four boroughs, Camden, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest were awarded funding to enable them to trial innovative projects to tackle some of the issues impeding effective recycling.

Camden, with its grant of £22,901, will test interventions including new lids on recycling bins, which deter the dumping of large bags of non-recyclable waste; improved signage about what can and cannot be recycled and how to dispose of bulky waste; and digital technology to help Camden provide feedback to residents.

Hackney’s grant of £33,815 will support the council’s investment in new recycling bins with reverse lids by reinforcing their correct use via leaflets, adverts and social media about what can and cannot be recycled. Hackney will also promote its food recycling service to reduce food waste as a contaminant in dry mixed recycling.

Haringey will a trial a digital campaign, targeting over 75,000 properties with its £13,200 grant. The focus will be on what can and cannot go into mixed recycling bins, and that those recyclables need to be clean and empty. Haringey will translate messages into the six languages which are most spoken amongst households, where English is a second language.

Waltham Forest’s project will focus on engaging faith and community leaders to become recycling champions, who will then be able to communicate to their congregations and community about the importance of recycling and the best ways to recycle effectively. Waltham Forest was awarded £8,500 for their project.

Additionally, Barnet, Enfield and Islington were each awarded £5,000 towards activities to reduce contamination from the Borough Recycling Fund in 2020.