Why is it important to reduce, reuse and recycle?

Our key priority is to encourage north London residents to reduce their waste and reuse materials. This is essential to tackle consumption-based carbon emissions in the face of the Climate Emergency. Where waste is produced, we provide maximum opportunity for our residents to recycle.

We set up waste prevention campaigns to make exactly this point. We are proud of our environmental initiatives, including our award-winning upcycling show, an extensive outreach programme to promote sustainable behaviour and frequent food waste campaigns.

In 2020, we launched ‘Low Plastic Zones’, the first in the country, to encourage businesses and communities to cut down on single-use plastics. We have also launched a community fund for local groups working to prevent waste. Our activity saves 10,000 tonnes of waste a year, and we also call on the government for national action to promote the circular economy.

If waste cannot be reduced or reused, then recycling is a great way to turn rubbish into something useful again. Recycling saves money compared to disposal and is also better for the environment. Recycling helps to ensure that materials such as paper, card, glass and metal can be turned into new products, reducing the need for virgin materials and preserving the planet’s resources. As a result, waste prevention, preparing material that was going to be waste for re-use and recycling are the top priorities for waste management strategies across Europe.

For ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, take a look at www.nlwa.gov.uk

As part of the NLHPP, we are building flagship recycling facilities to help boost recycling rates across north London. This includes a brand-new public reuse and recycling centre which, for the very first time, will allow local residents to bring their waste to the EcoPark for reuse and recycling.

A new community hub called EcoPark House will enable the local community to learn about the need to reduce, reuse and recycle materials as a vital step for the circular economy.

For more details on the priorities for waste management, click here.