London’s waste is a resource

by EcoStreet on December 18, 2008

in EcoEnergy, Recycling

The London Waste and Recycling board have decided that they need to look at the capital’s waste as a resource rather than rubbish to be disposed of. They are focussing on three main areas to reduce London’s waste problem, namely increasing recycling of priority materials such as plastics, extracting energy from food waste, and generating energy from waste wood.

The way it currently stands, London spends about £12bn on energy, but sends 500,000 tonnes of wood and one million tonnes of food waste to landfill.

The board believe that in the current economic climate, people will be receptive to a reuse agenda, and chairman Boris Johnson stressed the important economic case to be made for what they want to do. He believes that there will be an enormous economic advantage.

[via: edie]

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Dr Richard Lawson December 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

London’s sewerage system are clogging up with fat – the fat poured down the drains by chipsters and deep fry establishments. It is congealing and narrowing the passages designed for the free flow of Londoners’ sewage.

That fat can be turned into Waste Vegetable Oil, and used in the diesel engines of London’s local authority fleet, thus Saving the Ratepayer’s Money. More importantly is will also reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Quite often, green solutions address two or more problems.


DENUEVO December 23, 2008 at 4:21 am


Nice blog!

In a world where everything is pulled, where everything is a dumpster, where we don’t take advantage of the resources, things like these are necessary to be thoght and taken into account.

Denuevo is also a meeting point for those who believe in reuse, in transformation.

Take a look!


Recycle for London January 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

With the amount of waste currently produced by large cities, London in particular, the ability to produce something good of it can only be a good thing. One of the main issues in achieving this will be cost.

There’s an interesting news story at Recycle for London which highlights just how much recyclable waste ends up in landfill.


Joddle May 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

It’s a pity that it took so long for waste to be recognised as a resource. Another issue is rising landfill tax. I think the change of tack may be also down to waste management companies and councils realising they must act now to save themselves money in the future


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