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North London Waste Authority

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest). Over two million residents live in the NLWA area.

NLWA is responsible for helping the seven north London boroughs dispose of the 850,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year. NLWA's aims are to:

  • achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2020
  • reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to 35% (of 1995 amounts) by 2020

Find out more about NLWA, and visit 'Wise Up To Waste', NLWA's consumer website, which contains information for residents on reducing waste and recycling more.

Authority Members

Meet Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, and the other NLWA members – two from each of the seven north London member boroughs.

What happens to north London's waste?

LondonEnergy, a company wholly owned by the NLWA, deals with the disposal of most of north London's household waste and recycling. Find out more about what happens after it is collected by watching the videos on LondonEnergy's website. More information, and tips and advice, for residents and businesses is available on NLWA's consumer website, Wise Up To Waste.

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North London Heat and Power Project


Update on Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs)

May 11 2020

Restricted service at RRCs available from Wednesday 13 May for those at risk of harm.

In line with updated Government guidance North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is planning to reopen some of its RRC sites from Wednesday 13 May. This will be a restricted service for those at risk of harm from waste stored in their home. Anyone who needs to visit an RRC must book beforehand.

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North London Boroughs confirm backing for vital North London Heat and Power Project ahead of Earth Day 2020

April 22 2020

The seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington and Waltham Forest have yesterday (21 April) reaffirmed their ongoing and complete support for the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP).
A letter signed by each borough has been published in response to a request from Extinction Rebellion that the project be paused. The boroughs are emphatically clear that pausing the project would undermine major efforts to tackle the Climate Emergency. The project is a major asset for north London’s communities, delivering vital public investment in recycling infrastructure and preventing hugely environmentally damaging increases in landfill use in the future. 

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