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Get digging -

Taste of autumn 2013 Capel Manor

Why not Give it a Grow during Compost Awareness Week  and get digging?  (5 – 11 May)

Struggling to get your five-a-day?  In the run up to Compost Awareness Week (5-11 May) we’re encouraging people to have a go and start growing at least one of their five a day.    Over the past few weeks we’ve delivered nearly a hundred tonnes of EcoPark Compost to support local borough giveaways.  Residents from across north London collected free loose compost at these giveaway days.  The giveaways have not ended and keen growers can still give it a grow.

Wednesday 7th May

Already a keen grower, starting a community project, or have an allotment in need of compost? Our Compost giveaway is on Wednesday 7th May. It’s at the EcoPark where we transform your garden and kitchen waste into this black gold and all in twelve weeks. Find out how, stock up, and get those growing projects off to a flying start.

Don’t forget to bring your own bags and shovels as the compost is loose.

Friday 9th May

Already a keen grower, starting a community project, or have an allotment in need of compost? There will be a Compost giveaway at the Alara EcoPark Compost Hub in Camden.The hub is always stocked with EcoPark Compost, simply arrive with your own bags and shovels as the compost is loose.

EcoPark Staff will be available to answer any compost questions from 12- 3:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

There are always 30-litre bags of EcoPark Compost from the local Household Waste and Recycling Centre we run and from 5-11 May you can also get a Give-It-a-Grow goodie bag to kick-start growing one of your five.


No More Mr Bad Guy -


We came across this interesting article posted by Utility Week (7 April 14)

‘It’s time that energy from waste was given the credit it deserves as a renewable source of power that can make good use of fuel sources readily available in the UK, says Ian Miller, Operations Director Waste& Energy, MWH.

Disposing of waste simply by incineration used to have a poor reputation with the public – it was the bad guy of waste management. Today, because of advanced techniques such as gasification, and strict emissions control, generating renewable energy from material that cannot be recycled (that is, destined for landfill) is seen as a responsible approach and a key component of renewable energy.

Read full article


Interested in bidding for work with us? -

Employees Transport compressed for web

LondonWaste Ltd is starting a supplier engagement programme to run and manage all our tender and sourcing activities. As a company wholly owned by and providing essential management services to North London Waste Authority we have adopted the Delta eSourcing service.

Suppliers interested in working with us should ensure that they have registered on the free Delta eSourcing service.

Suppliers doing so will benefit from:
• Raising their visibility as a supplier to LondonWaste Ltd and over 540 other buying authorities
• Providing their company information ONCE which will then be used when responding to tenders via Delta eSourcing
• Working electronically which reduces paperwork and the time and cost of the tender process

Our Master Supplier List
In order for LondonWaste Ltd to easily identify potential suppliers, a Master Supplier list detailing your specific services will be referenced within the Delta eSourcing service against common procurement vocabulary codes. Suppliers can register and then use the Response Manager within Delta eSourcing to enter the Access code WG69R6URT9 to join the list.
Please Note: Suppliers wishing to compete for LondonWaste Ltd contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest – the list is for information purposes only. For support and guidance visit

Repaint -


Have you recently completed a decorating project, have some paint left over, or maybe you have old paint pots gathering dust in a cupboard?

If you live in any of the NLWA boroughs you can drop off any unwanted paint pots at your local Household Waste & Recycling Centre or even to the Forest Recycling Project (FRP) in Waltham Forest or Leytonstone.    As part of the national Community Repaint Network, FRP  ensures that the paints are sorted, remixed and available at low prices and it’s a ‘green’ alternative to buying new paint.

If you are considering a redecorating project over Easter why not pop in to FRP  and pick up a pot,  suggested donations start from £1 per litre.  Reclaimed paint includes emulsions, paint for interior and exterior wood and metal, masonry and varnishes – are available in all colours and sizes.

Where to buy paint

Where to donate paint

Click to find out more information on FRP or your local HWRC


Eat your heart out -

edible garden show HRH and WL compressed

Held in the prestigious Alexandra Palace and staged over three days at the end of March, The Edible Garden Show attracted thousands of environmentally conscious, community minded people from all across the country. The joint EcoPark/NLWA stand attracted scores of people, and we were thrilled and honoured that HRH The Prince of Wales visited the stand to hear of north London’s successful efforts to recycle kitchen scraps and garden waste into compost; reduce food waste and increase sustainable growing projects.

Our colourful array of vegetables, plants and garden produce attracted growers keen to broaden their knowledge on cultivating herbs, fruit and vegetables using EcoPark Compost. The team were able to explain how resident’s commitment to recycling and reducing waste directly benefits grow-your-own enthusiasts. The food-tips and portion-guessing game grabbed the attention of hundreds, who were able to gain practical advice on correct portion sizes, reducing food wastage and secure storage.

There was much to see and do, garden experts supported visitor’s own efforts in a series of talks that included gardening guru Christine Walkden who shared the secrets to successful vegetable plots; Naomi Schillinger founder of a local grow your own community project; James Wong who engaged crowds with his easy exotic edibles, as well as many other important local community speakers who shared fascinating insight into food growing.

We were pleased to welcome many new and old EcoPark Compost users, as well our allotment friends to our stand. Growing your own is firmly rooted in north London and now that 30l bags of EcoPark Compost are available from more reuse and recycling centres, we look forward to more projects throughout north London.

Hackney Compost giveaway 13 April 2014 -

compost giveaway

Free compost for all ( bring your own bags/containers) at the next compost giveaway on Sunday 13 April. The giveaway will take place at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Hackney from 11am to 3pm. Entrance by Dalston Peace Mural, Dalston Lane, E8 3DF.  Car pick up and drop off through Hartwell Street. Parking available on Beechwood Road.

Events includes:

  • Activities for kids
  • Answers to your composting questions
  • Information on subsidised composting equipment

For further information email or 020 8884 5529/5

Wise up to Waste -

Wise up To Waste

Find an event near you

MARCH 2014

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) recycling and food waste advisors will be attending venues all over north London to pass on top tips and advice about reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste. See the list below to find an event close to you.

Somali Coffee Morning Age UK Camden
Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square WC 1H 9NA
Wednesday 12th 11am-12.30pm

Swiss Cottage Library
 88 Avenue Rd, London NW3 3HA
Friday 14th 11am-2pm

Empowering Deaf Society                                                                                                                                                           6A Central Parade Ley Street Ilford Essex IG2 7DE                                                                                                             18th Tuesday 1pm-3pm

AgeUK Haringey workshop/presentation
St Ann’s Library Cissbury Road Tottenham N15 5PU
Wednesday 19th 2.30pm-4.40pm

Sainsbury’s Stamford Hill
1 Amhurst Park, London, N16 5LW
Thursday 20th March 10am-2pm

East Barnet Sainsburys
60-80 East Barnet Road New Barnet EN4 8RQ
Thursday 27th 11am-2pm

Click to find out more about the Wise up to Waste campaign

Celebrity chef leads NLWA food waste challenge -

NLWA cooking challenge - teams

Celebrity chef Richard Fox led a food waste cooking challenge at Shoreditch Town Hall last night (February 27) which aimed to raise awareness of the amount of food wasted in the home.

The event, which was organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA), aimed to highlight the issue of food waste in by showing how leftovers can be transformed into delicious dishes.

The cookery challenge formed part of an event celebrating the NLWA’s 2013/14 waste prevention programme. The NLWA’s waste prevention programme supports residents of the seven North London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest), to reduce the amount of waste they produce through a variety of initiatives.

At the event, councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, announced its ambition for the new waste prevention plan. Councillor Loakes said: “The new programme has set a target to reduce the amount of waste produced by 20,000 tonnes in the next two years, approximately 2% of last year’s waste arisings. This year will be an exciting start to this challenge.”

Read more


Compost giveaway -

CAW 2013 1

If you’ve had the opportunity to collect free EcoPark compost at a previous compost giveaways, you may already be seeing the benefits. Existing growers are using our compost to kick start their growing projects,  to improve the condition of their soil or as mulch.

Did you know?  We also donate compost to local groups, to help them organise their own compost giveaways.  In April, we are providing 30 tonnes of EcoPark compost to En10ergy & Sustainable Haringey in support of their ‘Compost Giveaway’.

The giveaway will take place on Sunday 6 April -10am-3pm at Paddock Car Park, Alexandra Park N22. Please bring your own shovel and strong bags.  For further information contact Joyce Rosser 020 8347 7684.

Green workout -

Green Gym

Do you fancy signing up to a gym with a twist?

The Green Gym is an innovative way to make a difference to your local environment while getting physically active.  You will get the opportunity to discover hidden green spaces, improve your health and stamina, learn new skills and give your body and mind a thorough workout outdoors.

Each gym session starts with warm-up exercises to prepare you for the work ahead and ends with cool-down exercises.  There are a range of tasks for different levels of physical challenge.

There are currently over 15 Green Gyms running each week in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Camden, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Westminster. All are free and easy to join. Click to find your nearest Green Gym.

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Love Your Clothes -

Your clothes

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have launched a new campaign’ Love your Clothes’.  The aim of the campaign is to help consumers understand how to efficiently extend the lifetime value of their clothes, and to change the overall attitudes to buying when purchasing garments.  The campaign follows on from WRAP research that around 30 per cent of clothes bought every year are not worn.

Love Your Clothes has also launched a website to help people:

  • Find out how to reduce their clothing’s’ environmental footprint (such as by using laundry methods that use less energy, or by repairing worn clothes)
  • Upload their own tips on how to make the most of any clothes bought
  • Share ideas and advice on what to do with clothes they no longer want or need.

To unlock the value of your wardrobe today visit Love Your Clothes.

Retailers launch campaign to keep old clothes out of landfill -

pile of second hand clothes

Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Next join Stella McCartney and charities in bid to cut 15% of clothing waste by 2020

Britons are being urged to extend the life of their clothing to avoid 350,000 tonnes of garments worth an estimated £140m ending up in landfill.

High street fashion outlets including Tesco, M&S and Next, fashion designer Stella McCartney, recyclers and charities have joined forces to pledge a 15% reduction in carbon, water and waste going to landfill by 2020.

Read full story

Source: Guardian, Rebbecca Smithers, 11 February 2013

#EcoParkgogreenweek -

Green N Keen

As part of Go Green Week 2014 (10-14 February) LondonWaste’s Communication and HR staff will host workshops, exhibitions and talks at the College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London (Conel).  The team will cover topics on energy generation, recycling and career paths in the Green Sector.  Students will also have the opportunity to find out how their recyclable and black bag waste is managed at the EcoPark.

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities.



IKEA to light up refugee camps through new solar campaign -

ikeas lighting up

Retail giant to donate €1 for solar lighting in refugee camps for every LED lightbulb sold until April

IKEA plans to provide hundreds of solar lamps and fuel-efficient cooking stoves to refugee camps across the world, as part of a major new fundraising campaign.

The Swedish furniture retailer launched the two-month campaign this week, pledging to donate €1 from the IKEA Foundation to the United Nations Refugee Agency for every LED light bulb the stores sell until 29 March.          Read more at

Love food hate waste -


According to Love Food Hate Waste, every day in UK homes we throw away, equivalent to, approximately 1.4 million whole bananas. Composting is a great way of disposing of those food scraps that will never be on the menu such as tea bags, banana skins, and egg shells but why are we Brits needlessly throwing away our healthy fruit and vegetables?  Latest figures show that 13 billion ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables were thrown away in 2012 – that’s enough to provide more than 7 million people with their ‘5 a day’ for a year.

Here are some simple Love Food Hate Waste tips to get you started:

  • storing most fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge keeps them fresh for much longer
  • tired vegetables are great in soup, chutney and curry
  • take fruit and vegetables to crunch on at work or school – it makes a healthy snack
  • over-ripe speckled bananas can be frozen, skins removed, for an instant ice cream or used in fruit smoothies

Visit lovefoodhatewaste for more scrumptious recipes and advice on how to make the most of the food you buy.


Restart your electronics -

The REstart Prroject

It’s fantastic that there are  new  repair and reuse schemes popping up around London.  Last month we wrote about Bright Sparks, that helps bring small electrical items back to life.  There is also the Restart Project – a social enterprise that encourages people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste.  Restart Project volunteer help people learn to repair their own electronic at community events, in the workplace and speak publicly about repair and resilience.

Read further about the Restart Project


Long Live Fashion -

H&M is the first fashion company to launch a global initiative called Garment Collecting. Customers are encouraged to bring their unwanted garments of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores.

Customers can hand in a maximum of two shopping bags of clothes every day and will receive one £5 voucher (redeemable on your next purchase of £30 or more) for each shopping bag of clothes.

The garments are separated in three groups:

Recycle – textiles that cannot be reused can be turned into textile fibres or used to manufacture products such as insulating materials for the auto industry

Reuse – garments that are no longer suitable to wear are sent for reuse to I:CO and converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths.

Rewear – clothing that can be worn again are sold as second-hand goods worldwide

Click to read more about H&M Garment Collecting initiative.


The Co-operative launches compostable carrier bags -


The Co-operative Group has launched a new compostable carrier bag that can also be used as food waste caddy liner.

Following a successful trial, the retailer is rolling the bags out to 400 stores in 81 local authority areas with food waste recycling schemes.

The bags are made from a combination of natural materials; the new bags carry the seedling logo and are certified to the EN13432 standard. The Co-operative said the bags are strong enough to carry heavy, bulky items such as milk and potatoes but unlike conventional plastic equivalents they have also been approved for use as waste food bin liners.

The new bags, together with their food waste contents, can be turned into compost, which in turn can be used to grow fruit and vegetables in a perfect environmental cycle.

Iain Ferguson, The Co-operative Food’s environment manager, said: “Every compostable carrier bag used is one less conventional plastic shopping bag in circulation. We believe they will have a significant impact upon the number of plastic bags which end up in landfill sites every year.”

The Co-operative said it believed that the new compostable carrier bags could play a role in encouraging more people to recycle food waste. Priced at 6p, the bags cost around half the price of food waste caddy liners bought on a roll.

Ferguson added: “We are the only major food retailer in the UK to offer carrier bags which are also compostable and carry the seedling logo. Our aim is to enable our customers to recycle more of the products they buy from us from the leftover food and packaging, right through to the bag they use to carry their shopping home.”

The new compostable carrier bags are being introduced in The Co-operative Food stores in the following north London boroughs: Barnet, Camden and Enfield.


Donate your unwanted electrical items -

British Heart foundation

Around the home, most of us have unused or unwanted electrical items that are just too good to get rid of… but did you know you could donate them and help raise vital funds at the same time?

From kettles and toasters, to DVD players and radios, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are after your unwanted working items to re-sell in their furniture & electrical stores and help raise fund to help beat heart disease.

Before donating electrical items to BHF, check you can answer YES to the following questions:

  • Is the item in working order?
  • Do all the functions work?
  • Is the item complete with leads, remote control (and ideally an instruction booklet)?
  • Is it in sellable condition? i.e. cabinet/casing not excessively marked (excluding normal wear & tear).

Please note:

  • The mains power lead must not be damaged.
  • The cabinet must not be broken or have damage whereby internal components can be touched.
  • There should be no signs of overheating around ventilation holes

How to donate

Donating your unwanted items to BHF shops is easy.

Read more about donating to the British Heart Foundation. 


Top tips to reducing waste -

Food-waste website

In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

In January North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will be running events giving top tips and advice about reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste. See the list below to find out when they will be in your area.

Monday 13 January 11am -2pm               Hackney Brittania Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Rd, London N1 5JU

Wednesday 15th January 10am-2pm    Sainbury’s Islington, 41 Liverpool Road, London N1 0RW

Thursday 16th January 10am-2pm         Sainsbury’s Stamford Hill1 Amhurst Park, London, N16 5LW

Wednesday 29th January 11am-2pm     Edmonton Leisure Centre  2 The Broadway Edmonton London N9 ORT

Read more here about how you can reduce your waste and save money.


Leading the Way -

R Keogh Bulky Recycling Supervisor, R Kemp ECTA Supervisor,

What a wonderful way to start the year, eight employees from across a range of departments successfully completed the Advanced Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management.  Certificates were today (10 January) presented by Managing Director David Sargent to acknowledge their perseverance and achievements.

The nationally recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management included a nine-month training program led by Skills Team; a specialist IT and Management knowledge provider.  The Advanced Apprenticeship included assessor support, workshops on risk management, leadership, motivation, decision making, communication, stress management and setting objectives.  Candidates also completed functional skills in Information and Communication Technology, Maths and English.

David Sargent spoke to the group and said: ”The waste industry is changing as more is done with waste.  You are showing that the industry has people within it who are willing to lead the way and develop their skills further.”

Household Waste & Recycling Centres Manager, Tafi Harris said:  “I hadn’t studied for a while and this kick-started me into a whole new way of thinking.  It also helped me to understand the processes and principals I apply everyday in my job role   I’d recommend it to anyone interested in developing their career.”

Bulky Recycling Centre Supervisor Roy Keogh said:  “This course has given me a massive confidence boost and increased my understanding of how all the departments work together to solve issues.  I now talk to other supervisors and where before there may have been problems we work as a team to sort things out. …. I’d recommend it to anyone. “

LondonWaste offers a wide variety of employment opportunities from engineers (mechanical, electrical and process), machine and LGV drivers, waste and recycling operatives to accountants, IT, Health & Safety, Public Relations and Human Resources.  As more waste material is used as a resource we recognise the need to retain the best people.  We will invest in training and skills development whilst we continue to provide quality public services for North London.  We intend to attract, up-skill and keep the best people look out for updates in 2014.

Xmas stuff you don’t want … -

Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards officially opening the Bright Sparks shop

Bright Sparks in Islington has opened its Re-use and Repair Shop to bring small electrical items back to life.

The initiative, offers training and volunteering opportunities to the unemployed while also diverting electronic equipment and furniture from landfill.

Appliances are sourced from empty council house clearances and local businesses, before being sorted, cleaned and fixed in at new workshops.

Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Islington’s executive member for sustainability, said: “It’s great to see Bright Sparks expanding.   It’s a fantastic example of how recycling can benefit the whole community, bringing jobs and training for local people and providing low-cost goods to buy.

“I wish this innovative, inspirational project the best of luck in being part of Finsbury Park’s future.”

Read more

How to recycle Christmas trees in  north London boroughs:

Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest

Don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree -

The seven north London boroughs are operating collection or drop-off services for your used Christmas trees this festive season. Trees will be shredded and turned into compost at the LondonWaste Compost Centre. The compost is used on north London’s parks, gardens and allotments.

Click to find your local collection or drop-off points  of your borough’s recycling arrangements for real Christmas trees – including how to get your tree collected or where to take it if you’d rather drop it off yourself. You can also recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to most of north London’s household waste recycling centres.

  • If you are leaving your Christmas tree out for collection, please do not leave your tree on the pavement as this will cause an obstruction to pedestrians.
  • Be aware that if you are dropping your tree off at a park, the tree collection point may be some distance from the park entrance. Please contact your borough for more information.
  • Whether you are leaving it out for collection, or dropping it off, please remove all decorations, pots and turf from your tree as these cannot be recycled or composted.


Celebrities back Christmas card recycling -

Christmas card recycling

Celebrity comedian Jo Brand and sports presenter Jake Humphrey are encouraging the public to recycle their Christmas cards at Marks & Spencer’s stores throughout the UK.

Meanwhile supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is once again partnering with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the initiative, with increased coverage in stores after a successful campaign at Christmas 2012.

The retailers have taken it upon themselves to provide this service to residents for the last two years after a scheme organised by the Woodland Trust came to an end in January 2011 due to a lack of funding and participants (see story).

Read full article


Get swishing -


Join the NLWA for a series of Swishing events across the seven north London boroughs, to raise awareness of textile reuse and waste. Many people have clothes in their wardrobe that they no longer wear but are still in good condition and this November we’re encouraging residents to dig them out for some Swishing.

At the events there will also be workshops, refreshments and live music.

Saturday 9 Nov.- Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT  – 1-2pm (receiving clothes/accessories), event 2-5pm.

Sunday 10 Nov – The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA – 1-2pm (receiving clothes/accessories – free tea/coffee), event 2-5pm

Monday 11 Nov – Green Towers Community Centre, 7 Plevna Road, Edmonton, N9 OBU – 2.30-3.30pm (receiving clothes/accessories – free tea/coffee), event 3.30-7pm

3-5pm: Free doorstop making workshop. Bring an old piece of fabric (at least a meter square) and something heavy to stuff it with ( lentils, stones). There will be an opportunity  to make a doorstop which you will then be able to take home.

Read further information here.

Food waste down by 1.1 million tonnes -

Food-waste website

Food waste volumes available to the waste management industry have fallen by 1.1 million tonnes over the five years to 2012 according to the findings of a WRAP report published today.

WRAP – the Waste & Resources Action Programme – said that the tonnage was “food that could have been eaten” and represented a reduction of 21% of the total.

It explained that the reduction had come about through work by major retailers, food brands and other manufacturers, adding: “They have made it easier for people to buy the right amounts of food and drink, keep what they buy at its best and use what they buy through innovations in products, packaging and labelling.”

The figures come less than 24 hours after resources minister Dan Rogerson revealed that he has pulled the plug on work by Defra and the Department for Energy and Climate Change to promote anaerobic digestion as a process to deal with food waste.  Read more


Give or Take Day -

Give or take Day

LCRN and East Thames  will be running a Give or Take event on Saturday  9th November  2013 at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA.

Waltham Forest residents can GIVE away their unwanted items from 10.30am to 12.30pm and/or TAKE things for FREE from 12.45 to 2.15pm.


Our Living World -

Boy scouts

LondonWaste held an educational tour to support a group of Boy Scouts ‘Living World’ program.  As part of their study program, the boy scouts were required to find out the process of waste recycling in their local area. The visit held at Regis Road Recycling and Re-use Centre in Camden, was the perfect opportunity for the group to see the range of deposited  waste materials, such as garden waste, wood, metals and small electrical goods,  that are segregated in clearly marked containers.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of America’s(BSA) largest youth development organisations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character and develops personal fitness.


Apprentice of the Year -

Alfie - Apprentice 2013 web page

We are pleased to announce, one of LondonWaste’s Mechanical apprentices, Alfie Dean, has been selected by Havering College to receive the Apprentice of the Year Award – Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Each year the college nominates outstanding achievements, from over 11,000 students. The award highlights students’ outstanding achievement, hard work and dedication during the academic year.

The award presentation will take place on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 5.30pm at Havering College, Ardligh Green Campus.

For further information about apprenticeship opportunities, please email our HR Department