Wise Up To Waste

North London Waste Authority responds to government’s draft Industrial Strategy

Central government is currently consulting on a draft Industrial Strategy (IS) which is set to address long-term challenges to the UK economy. North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has reviewed the draft strategy and Authority Members approved a response at their meeting on 5 April 2017.

The relevant sections of the IS that relate to the work of NLWA include:

  • securing economic benefits from the transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy in the context of energy production (page 20);
  • promoting free trade to allow UK businesses to globally access cheap and quality raw materials and other inputs they need (page 79); and
  • reducing raw material demand and waste in our energy and resource systems and promoting well-functioning markets for secondary materials and new disruptive business models in a future 25-year Environment Plan (page 91).

However, the Industrial Strategy makes no mention of waste, includes no direct references to the concept of the Circular Economy or any mention of society’s need to manage physical resources better due to the finite nature of natural resources and the potential constraint that resource limitations could place upon long term economic growth. Accordingly, NLWA’s response focuses on these omissions.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA stated: "The Authority had been hopeful that the industrial strategy would, amongst other things, create a framework to link-up the resources increasingly available from local authority and commercial recycling services with the demands of a newly-coordinated industrial sector that could be of real importance to the country’s future outside of the EU.  We are very disappointed at this missed opportunity and hope very much that the government’s thinking elsewhere on the circular economy and resource efficiency will be fully incorporated into the final strategy that the government adopts."

The Authority is eager for the unique opportunity that this draft Industrial Strategy presents, to be maximised, for the benefit of the general resource efficiency of the country.  To read the Authority’s full response, visit us here


Notes for editors:

1. For more information please contact, Hannah Paten, Communications Manager, on 020 8489 5765 or by email at, or Sarah Forgione, Communications Manager, on 020 8489 4360 or by email at

2. The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest).

3. Just over 1.9 million residents live in the NLWA area and the Authority is responsible for helping the seven north London boroughs dispose of the approximately 850,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year.