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Bin-slimming north London gets national recognition

Sep 07, 2009
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has received national recognition for its work to reduce waste after being chosen as a finalist in the waste minimisation category at the National Recycling Awards.

The Authority, which is up against five other finalists including GlaxoSmithKline and Argos, has been short-listed for Watch Your Waste Week which ran across north London for the first time in October 2008. The week aimed to highlight the growing amount of rubbish thrown away in the region and promote practical ways it could be reduced.

Over 1,000 residents, schools and businesses cut their waste by up to 50 per cent, with 87 per cent of people making lifestyle changes as a result of taking part in activities throughout the week.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said: "It is great honour to be chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award and regardless of the outcome we are delighted with what the campaign achieved.

"We'd like to thank all those that took part in the week last year and we hope this year's Watch Your Waste Week will be even better."

The final winner will be announced on 27th October.

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Notes to Editors

For more information please contact Rosie Elliott, media and marketing officer for the NLWA on 020 8489 1482 or

Watch Your Waste Week forms part of the North London Waste Authority's waste prevention strategy (2008 - 2010) which aims to divert 80,000 tonnes of waste from landfill by 2010. The strategy is available at

This year's Watch Your Waste Week runs from 17 - 25 October and will feature a range of activities taking place across the seven north London borough of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. These include a launch event, the Watch Your Waste Challenge, plastic bag amnesties, reusable bag give-aways, compost give aways, a 'ditch 'n' switch' fashion swapping party, nappy natters, compost workshops, waste free lunches at schools and school workshops.

More information on this year's Watch Your Waste Week will be available soon.

About the NLWA

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.