29 September, 2015

Increasing recycling across West London

Councils across west London are aiming to reduce the amount being sent to landfill. By supporting residents and businesses, the councils plan to cut down on waste and increase recycling with a waste plan across six boroughs.

The plan will outline how to tackle waste through the planning process and allow recycling of household waste to reach the set target. The target for household waste aims to reach at least 60% by 2031 and for business waste, the targets are even higher with an expectation that recycling will reach over 70% by 2020.

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21 September, 2015

How to dispose of energy light bulbs

A lot of WEEE waste gets thrown away with rubbish and sent to landfill. Councils spend around £60,000 each year in costs for collection of rubbish. All WEEE items are suitable for re-use, repair or recycling if it is kept separate from other rubbish. WEEE waste collection London is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, the WEEE Directive has set collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods across Europe.

WEEE is classed as “hazardous waste” so it is an offence to mix it with other wastes except in a domestic context. EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC) entered into force in February 2003. The legislation requires heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium and flame retardants such as polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers to be substituted by safer alternatives.

There are a few ways of disposing low-energy light bulbs: Read more

7 September, 2015

West London Waste Plan – EXPLAINED!

Six London Boroughs and the Old Oak Common, Park Royal Development Corporation in West London have formally adopted the West London Waste Plan, a plan that sets out how and where waste will be managed right up to 2031.

Some official sources showed that West London currently produces just over 5 million tonnes of waste each year, coming from homes, businesses, building sites, hospitals and other facilities. This can increase to a couple more tonnes of waste by 2031.

This waste is made up of:

  • Municipal waste collected from homes, streets, parks and gardens
  • Commercial and industrial waste collection
  • Construction and demolition from construction sites
  • Hazardous waste
  • Waste water waste from sewages
  • Radioactive waste from hospitals

Reports by inspectors said that the local planning authorities have fulfilled the Localism Act’s Duty by cooperating with the West London Waste Plan. The report said “I conclude that the boroughs have collaborated with other authorities and bodies and have cooperated effectively through a continuous period of engagement”

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