North London Waste Authority’s waste prevention work for 2011-12 has been awarded a bronze Zero Waste Award by ZeroWasteAwards.com.
The Zero Waste Awards recognise the work and achievements of local authorities and companies across the UK to deal with their waste in a sustainable way, working towards a future with ‘Zero Waste’. NLWA’s programme of waste prevention activities focused on tackling the key streams of waste that north Londoners produce head-on, through a comprehensive programme of activities that demonstrated good value for money for the taxpayer.
The estimated total amount of waste directly diverted from landfill as a result of the activities was over 5,200 tonnes, with an average cost-per-tonne diverted of £57, compared to a cost of at least £120 per tonne for disposing of it.
During 2011-12, the authority:
- Organised public awareness campaigns and events increasing understanding of waste issues across north London, including participation in the European Week for Waste Reduction and promotion of the national ’Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign locally. A ’Great Taste Less Waste’ food waste road show reached pupils from primary schools across north London.
- Offered local people the tools with which to make their own difference, with Real Nappy subsidies available to local residents, and 560 compost bins distributed free of charge across the area.
- Cemented partnerships with the third sector including the brokering of partnerships between local housing associations and re-use organisations.
- Encouraged WEEE recycling via bring banks, collection schemes, advertising and promotion.
It is hoped that the impact of the goodwill created by the programme will be even longer lasting, and provide even better value for money as north Londoners make reducing waste the habit of a lifetime.
The Zero Waste Awards have been established by letsrecycle.com, the news and information portal for the recycling and waste management sector, businesses and local government.
If you want to find out more about how you can help to reduce waste in your home or business, visit NLWA’s waste prevention web pages