We know that recycling is not always easy. If a few non-recyclables are wrongly put in the recycling, we can usually remove them, either by hand or through the mechanical sorting process. However, if lots of people put non-recyclables into their recycling, this 'contaminates' it, reducing its quality. In fact, when the level of contamination is over 25% in a load of recycling, the recycling quality is so low that the materials can't be sold on again to be made into something new. The recycling instead has be disposed of as waste.
To raise awareness of the problem of contamination in the recycling, we have teamed up with internationally-acclaimed artist, Mat Kemp, to help us! Mat has lots of experience working with recycled and 'found' artefacts, and has helped bring to life an array of the types of objects rejected from north London’s household recycling stream. Our 'Thanks For Trying' exhibition is designed to provoke thought and discussion around our recycling habits. The exhibition launched at the Kiosk N1C, Coal Drop’s Yard in July and will now tour north London boroughs over the coming months, the NLWA team will also be there to answer any questions you may have on recycling in north London.
This exhibition was put together with support from NLWA’s recycling contractor, Biffa Waste Services, and LondonEnergy Ltd; the company that runs north London’s reuse and recycling centres, and energy from waste facility. It is designed to provoke thought and discussion around our recycling habits.