London Waste and Recycling Board

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What projects are the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) currently supporting?


Answer for London Waste and Recycling Board

Answer for London Waste and Recycling Board

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has three main programme areas and supports a number of programmes in each area. The main programmes are listed below:

Circular Economy - LWARB are:

•       developing a Circular Economy Route map for London

•       jointly funding with the OPDC and GLA a study to look at the potential for adoption of circular economy principles at the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration site

•       working on an ERDF bid to support SMEs to scale up or transition to a more circular way of working - LWARB have been successful at the outline bid stage and submitted the full bid on 1 July 2016;

•       working with partner European cities and the private sector to help develop the New Plastics Economy project, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation;

•       running a circular economy champions programme to help develop knowledge of circular economy thinking and practise within London's local authorities;

Investment - LWARB are supporting the following projects:

•       East London Biogas - Anaerobic Digestion plant based in Dagenham

•       Plasrecycle - (recently entered Administration): Processer of post-consumer plastic film based in Plumstead

•       London Business Waste & Recycling - Vehicle being capitalised by LWARB to assist London Boroughs in providing commercial waste collection services;

•       London Reuse Limited - Direct Investment: Social Enterprise dedicated to collection of commercial furniture and other bulky items and re-selling back in to the economy;

•       Commercially confidential  fund investment:  Commitment made to new Private Equity Fund dedicated to investing in circular economy businesses;

       Various investments through the London Green Fund:

Resource London (partnership with WRAP)

•       Partner in the European Clothing Action Plan project;

•       Partner in the European food waste minimisation project;

•       Delivering a London "every little helps" food waste avoidance campaign;

•       Providing a range of assistance to local authorities in London aimed at helping them to increase recycling

•       Developing a London wide behaviour change campaign around recycling

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