Recycling rates at the seven reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) operated by LondonWaste Ltd increased to an average of 74% in 2015 – an improvement of 17% in two years.
Between January and July 2013, LondonWaste Ltd took over the operation of Regis Road RRC in Kentish Town; Western Road RRC in Wood Green; Park View Road RRC in Tottenham; Hornsey Street RRC in Islington; Kings Road RRC in Chingford; and South Access Road RRC in Walthamstow, on behalf of the North London Waste Authority.
At the start of the contract, recycling rates across the centres were averaging of 57% and by the same period in 2015, rates were an average of 78% across six of the sites including one site that does not take in residual waste.
Peter Sharpe, Managing Director of LondonWaste Ltd, said: “Our aim is to see zero waste from London households end up in landfill by 2025 and the RRCs make a huge contribution to achieving this ambition.”
Tafi Harris, Reuse and Recycling Centres Manager, said: “We can put the increase in recycling rates down to two reasons. Firstly, we have improved staff training to include customer-engagement skills, and we continually fine-tune our processes which has made the sites more user-friendly. Secondly, the success is testament to the commitment of residents to sustainability and recycling as much as they possibly can.
“We offer a full range of facilities for recycling a wide variety of materials at all our sites and have also implemented a programme of regular site inspections and testing of material quality in order to understand where further improvements can be made.
“We took over the running of a seventh RRC in October – Summers Lane in North Finchley – where we are currently seeing recycling rates of around 64%. We will be aiming to implement the same improvements in order to bring recycling levels in line with those at our other sites.”
Rates at Kings Road RRC, home to the Second Time Around second-hand shop, have remained consistent at 100% over the two year period.