Wise Up To Waste

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and its constituent boroughs already have a strong record of partnership working, and a clearly defined set of strategies created in partnership, which define how we work and the decisions we make.

North London Joint Waste Strategy

The North London Joint Waste Strategy (NLJWS) provides the strategic framework for municipal waste management in North London for the period 2004 - 2020. The NLJWS sets out the targets for reducing, reusing and recovering a greater proportion of the municipal waste which is generated in the North London Waste Authority area and for reducing the amount which is sent for disposal to landfill.

The NLJWS sets out how waste will be managed in line with the waste hierarchy:

Implementing the strategy involves working in partnership as local authorities and with local communities to provide the services and facilities required to make the improvements we need at the most efficient scale of operation and finance. This involves action and investment in waste minimisation, recycling and composting and recovering energy from waste.

The first draft of the NLJWS was published in 2004 (Mayor's Draft, September 2004) but was subsequently updated and subjected to a new Strategic Environmental Assessment or SEA in 2008 before final adoption.

The NLJWS completed the process of adoption by all eight partners (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest and the NLWA) in February 2009.

Summary leaflet

A bite-sized version of the NLJWS has been produced (June 2009) to share the vision for meeting the challenge of managing waste in north London up to 2020. The summary additionally provides an update on progress with implementing the Strategy and sets out how progress will be monitored and reviewed.

Residual Waste Reduction Plan

The Residual Waste Reduction Plan is NLWA’s plan to help north London residents reduce their consumption-based emissions in the face of the Climate Emergency. The Plan covers a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for a further year. It includes waste prevention activity and communications work delivered by NLWA to reduce the level of recycling contamination and increase recycling, supporting on-the-ground activity delivered by the constituent boroughs. The Plan delivers some of the activities included within borough Reduction and Recycling Plans (RRPs) required by the Mayor of the London.

  • What is the North London Joint Waste Strategy?

    The North London Joint Waste Strategy is the joint waste strategy for the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest and the North London Waste Authority (which arranges the disposal of waste collected by these seven London Boroughs). It sets out how the partners will manage the waste that they collect from households and businesses in the area until 2020. 

    The Strategy also sets out the roles of the London Boroughs (as 'waste collection authorities') and the North London Waste Authority (as the 'waste disposal authority'), and how collectively the partners will seek to reduce the amount of waste being generated, and recycle, compost, recover energy and dispose of the waste that is produced in North London over the forthcoming years to 2020.

  • Why did you alter the Strategy in 2008 if it runs from 2004 - 2020?

    New legislation came into force in 2006 which requires certain strategies to be subjected to a 'Strategic Environmental Assessment' or SEA before they can be adopted. A SEA has therefore been undertaken of the 2004 draft North London Joint Waste Strategy and changes were proposed to the strategy as a result. The SEA legislation requires public consultation to be undertaken as part of the process.

    The North London Joint Waste Strategy also makes a commitment to regular reviews and updates.

  • Can I see a copy of the 2004 draft of the Strategy?

    We can send you either an electronic or printed copy of the September 2004, 'Mayor's Draft' of the North London Joint Waste Strategy. Please contact our partnerships and planning manager if you would like either:

    Barbara Herridge
    Partnerships and planning manager

    Tel: 020 8489 5654
    Fax: 020 8365 0254

    North London Waste Authority
    LeeValley Technopark
    Unit 169, Ashley Road
    N17 9LN

  • What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment or SEA?

    A SEA is essentially an environmental review of a draft strategy. It identifies and assesses the likely environmental impacts of the draft strategy and makes recommendations for changes to reduce environmental impact. The findings of the SEA process should be incorporated into the final strategy that is produced. Public consultation forms part of the SEA process.

    SEA has a number of stages:

    • the first stage is to prepare a scoping report setting out what the process will cover. The scoping report must be sent to a number of statutory consultees for comment before it is finalised;
    • once the scope of the SEA has been finalised a SEA environmental report must be produced and issued for public consultation, along with the strategy on which the SEA is being undertaken;
    • following consideration of the comments received via the public consultation process, the draft strategy must be revised;
    • then, both the strategy and accompanying environmental report must be adopted; and
    • ongoing environmental monitoring of the strategy must be undertaken as it is implemented to ensure that environmental impacts are minimised.

    Section 2 of the SEA scoping report, outlines the stages involved in SEA and may provide a useful guide regarding the different aspects of the process.

  • Is the North London Joint Waste Strategy the same as the North London Waste Plan?

    No, these are two separate documents.

    The North London Waste Plan is about the use of land and it will identify suitable sites for new waste facilities. The North London Waste Plan is being prepared by the same London Boroughs as those involved with preparing the North London Joint Waste Strategy, but in their separate capacity as planning authorities. The North London Waste Plan will set the land use planning framework for siting waste facilities in north London up until 2020, i.e. it will identify 'where' facilities will be located. Moreover, it will do this for all waste arising in north London, whether household, commercial, industrial, construction, demolition, clinical etc.

    The website for North London Waste Plan is

    The North London Joint Waste Strategy sets out 'how' waste will be managed in the same period and it relates only to the waste collected by the seven London Borough Councils, which will be about a quarter of the total amount of waste considered within the North London Waste Plan.

    Whilst the North London Joint Waste Strategy provides a key input into the North London Waste Plan, the two documents and processes are separate. Sustainability appraisal, which is being undertaken on the North London Waste Plan is also a slightly different process to SEA.

  • How is my borough/local area affected?

    The North London Joint Waste Strategy sets out how all the seven North London boroughs and the North London Waste Authority will be changing the way in which waste is managed over the forthcoming years. For local areas this means more efforts to recycle and compost more waste, potentially additional local facilities and more investment in waste management across the area. Consultation will be undertaken when changes are proposed which might affect local residents.

  • Where do I get further information?

    For information on the North London Joint Waste Strategy please contact our External Relations Manager Barbara Herridge