The current focus of the Partnership is to minimise the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.
The most effective way of achieving both of these aims is to stop waste from ending up in landfill sites and do something more innovative and environmentally sound with it instead. So the current focus of the South London Waste Partnership is to run education and awareness campaigns and to award and manage contracts that ensure we minimise the amount of our waste that is sent to landfill.
The Partnership uses the ‘Waste Hierarchy’ to guide its approach to waste management. The Waste Hierarchy lists different waste management strategies and techniques according to their desirability. The key principle behind the hierarchy is to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place, to re-use and recycle as much as possible and then to recover maximum value and energy from any waste that is left over.
At the very bottom of the Waste Hierarchy is disposal (i.e. landfill), which should only be used when no option further up the hierarchy is possible.