London Waste Authority support


Resource London was established in 2015 as a jointly funded partnership between LWARB and WRAP, the government’s resource efficiency body, to maximise the resources of both organisations for the benefit of London. The partnership, known as the Resource London Programme, represents a new one-agency approach, providing specific, focused and tailored regional and local support for London waste authorities.

Resource London activities will seek to reinvigorate recycling efforts in the capital.

The partnership aims to support London in the development of a more consistent and efficient waste and recycling service which:

  • achieves the Mayor of London’s target of recycling 50% of all local authority collected waste in London by 2020; and
  • makes a significant contribution towards the UK achieving its 50% household waste recycling target by 2020.

Resource London became operational in April 2015. It replaces LWARB’s Efficiencies Programme.

LWARB and WRAP have established a programme of work designed to maximise the impact of the support provided to boroughs by focusing on:

  • minimising the amount of waste produced and maximising re-use;
  • increasing and improving the capture of unavoidable food waste;
  • improving the yield and quality of dry recycling; and
  • restricting residual waste.

This support will be delivered through three work streams:

Service reviews

Provision of support to single or multiple waste authorities, to develop and manage their service to drive efficiency, whilst maximising recycling performance.

Behaviour change

Delivering borough-level and London-wide communications support under the Recycle for London campaign and via Love Food Hate Waste and Love Your Clothes campaigns, tailored for a London audience.

Innovation and development

Developing expertise within waste authorities in order to reduce identified skills gaps and enable progressive solutions to be implemented through research and best practice.

Continued delivery of existing commitments

In previous years, through its Efficiencies Programme, LWARB has provided funding to a range of projects. LWARB will continue to manage and monitor these projects, in accordance with the funding agreements.