Residents and businesses in north London are being urged to continue recycling as much waste as possible despite national media reports about problems with selling recyclable materials.
Demand for some materials, paper in particular, has fallen in line with the global economic downturn. This has meant that demand, and therefore prices for some recyclables have dropped.
There has been speculation that authorities having difficulty finding markets for material may end up landfilling it, leaving some people feeling that there is now no point in recycling.
However, demand does still exist and for some materials, including glass, it remains strong. As a result, the North London Waste Authority is urging residents to continue recycling to prevent their waste ending up in landfill sites which are both expensive and damaging to the environment.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), said:
"We want to reassure residents that all recycling collected in the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest continues to be recycled.
"It is to be expected that prices for materials will vary from time to time, but we have a long-term commitment to recycling and short-term peaks and troughs affecting the industry won't alter that.
"Recycling in north London has more than doubled in five years, with over a quarter of all household waste now being recycled, and we would urge residents to support us in our drive to push that figure even higher."
By 2020 it is hoped that 50 per cent of waste collected in north London will be recycled and waste sent to landfill will be reduced from 35 per cent to 15 per cent.
For more information on recycling where you live go to your local council’s website or visit our waste & resources information.
You can also visit the Recycle Now website for information and advice on recycling, as well as tips on reducing the amount of waste thrown out every week.
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The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This means its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs. It is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country.