Recycling and Composting
Even if you reduce and re-use as much as possible, it is inevitable that you will generate some waste.
The current focus of the Partnership is to minimise the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.
By recycling and composting as much of that waste as possible, you can dramatically reduce the impact it has on the environment and help your local council save money in waste treatment and disposal costs; which ultimately helps you council protect other vital services.
With the help and commitment of residents, the four Partner Boroughs that make up the South London Waste Partnership currently recycle just over 40 per cent of all household waste. That is well above the London average of 33.3 per cent, and all four Partner Borough appear in the top 13 (out of 32) London boroughs for recycling performance.
But more needs to be done if we are to meet the challenging landfill reduction targets that have been set by central government. Especially as recycling and composting rates in the area have dropped by one per cent over the latest three years (reflecting a national trend for stagnating or declining recycling rates).
With residents going to great efforts to sort their household waste for recycling and composting, it is essential that the four Partner Boroughs have access to efficient, local sorting and processing facilities. The Partnership manages two key contracts to ensure that local recycling and composting facilities are able to meet the demand:
- Management of the six Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs)
(more commonly known as ‘the dump’ or ‘the tip’) – this contract was awarded to Veolia in October 2015. The contract includes the day-to-day management of the six HRRCs across the four Partner Boroughs, as well as selling on (or ‘marketing’) the recyclable materials that are brought to the six sites by residents. For further details, visit the Household Reuse and Recycling Centres page.
- Material Recycling Facilities, Composting and Additional Treatment
(including food and garden waste) – this contract was awarded to Viridor Waste Management in 2008. The contract gives the Partnership access to sorting facilities for dry recycling at Crayford in Kent; industrial composting facilities for kitchen and garden waste in Sutton and Mitcham; and energy from waste facilities to treat a relatively small amount of residual waste in Slough, Berkshire.
How can you help?
- Make full use of the doorstep recycling collection service and neighbourhood recycling points operated by your local council.
- Many items that can’t be recycled from your doorstep (such as books, DIY rubble, electrical appliances and scrap metal) can be taken to your local Household Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Compost your food waste, either using a composter in your garden or by using your local council’s food waste collection service (available in certain areas – visit your council’s web site for details).
- Remember to recycle in every room of your house – the bathroom is a favourite hiding place for items that could be recycled but often end up in landfill (shampoo and shower gel bottles, cardboard toilet roll tubes etc)
Details of local recycling services and facilities can be found by visiting: