What about the drive to a circular economy?

The circular economy is a better way to make the most out of the planet’s resources than a linear economy (make, use, dispose). In a circular economy, we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate materials when they have reached the end of their life.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) runs a range of initiatives, working in line with the waste hierarchy, to help residents reduce their waste, reuse and recycle more. These include our pioneering mattress recycling and polystyrene recycling schemes. Our priority is to help north London residents to reduce their consumption-based emissions in the face of the Climate Emergency.

The North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) is a major investment in infrastructure for the circular economy. It will deliver state-of-the-art recycling facilities for our residents and boroughs. This includes a brand-new public reuse and recycling centre which will allow our residents and businesses to bring their waste directly to the EcoPark for reuse and recycling for the first time.

We expect our new recycling facilities to have capacity to manage 135,000 tonnes of recyclable materials every year – including wood, plastics and metal.

Our new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will mean that, as recycling rates increase in the future, we can continue to use non-recyclable waste as a resource for society – instead of sending it to landfill. The ERF will produce low-carbon heat and power for up to 127,000 homes, shops and businesses, an increase of 55,000 homes compared to the existing facility. In doing so, it will maximise the value of our residents’ non-recyclable waste, reduce landfill, and displace power plants that use virgin fossil fuels (like natural gas).