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Waste strategy

The main goal of our Waste and Recycling Team is to minimise costs through the effective and efficient management of municipal waste.

Our aims include:

  • to have zero waste to landfill
  • to maximise the management of waste in the top 3 sections of the waste hierarchy (reduction, reuse and recycling)
  • to achieve conformity with the Waste Strategy for England 2007 and the London Municipal Waste Management Strategy (2011) where practicable and cost effective to do so

In 2012/13 we achieved a total household waste recycling, composting and reuse rate of 21.7%. This may seem low but the higher rates achieved in suburban councils can be accounted for by large volumes of garden waste and a much lower population turnover.

Mayor’s targets

The Mayor’s targets which we have to help achieve are:

  • to increase the amount of London’s waste that could be reused or repaired from approximately 6,000 tonnes each year in 2008 to 20,000 tonnes a year in 2020 and 30,000 tonnes a year in 2031
  • to recycle or compost at least 45 per cent of municipal waste by 2015, 50 per cent by 2020 and 60 per cent by 2031
  • the management of London’s municipal waste to achieve annual greenhouse gas emissions savings of approximately 550,000 tonnes of CO2eq in 2015, 770,000 tonnes of CO2eq in 2020 and 1 million tonnes of CO2eq in 2031
  • to generate as much energy as possible from London’s organic and non-recycled waste in a way that is no more polluting in carbon terms than the energy source it is replacing

National targets

The Mayor's targets feed into national targets which include:

  • recycling (including reuse) and compost of household waste - at least 40 per cent by 2010, 45 per cent by 2015 and 50 per cent by 2020
  • recovery (including recycling or composting) of municipal waste - 53 per cent by 2010, 67 per cent by 2015 and 75 per cent by 2020

In 2013 we consulted the people of Westminster on our waste strategy and our letting of disposal contracts. This process determines who we pay how much, for the disposal of our waste. Obviously we are looking for a low price but we are also looking to limit our impact on climate change and the pollution of the environment.


Municipal Waste Management Strategy 2016-2031

The Strategic Environmental Assessment

Waste Consultation Report

Last updated: 13 June 2017