Resource London launches toolkit to boost recycling rates in flats

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The project is taking place in 12 housing estates across six London boroughs

Recycling rates in London’s flats have increased thanks to an ongoing project run by Resource London.

Taking place on 12 housing estates across six inner London boroughs, the project is testing different interventions to boost recycling rates and reduce contamination.

These include educational tenant recycling packs, more in-home storage solutions and feedback mechanisms to show residents their recycling efforts are appreciated.

Resource London has now launched a free communications toolkit for other waste authorities which includes signage, stickers and posters used by the project team.

The interventions were based on a report conducted by Research London last year which found while many people living in flats and on estates are keen to recycle, they don’t always feel that it’s easy enough or that they have the right knowledge to recycle effectively.

Barriers included space constraints, the state and locations of communal bins and ongoing confusion over what residents can and can’t recycle depending on where they live.

The in-depth research was conducted to understand the reality of people’s lives in flats and included written diaries, interviews and film footage.

A full waste composition analysis will be published after the project ends in June.

Clyde Loakes, chair of the Resource London partnership board, said: “This project shows that when we think differently and work collaboratively, we can deliver genuinely innovative changes to the services we provide. I’m optimistic that the interventions we’ve introduced will help us learn some valuable lessons over the next few months, and improve recycling for everyone living in flats.”

Resource London is a partnership programme between London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP.

It began working with Peabody Housing Association to develop the interventions last year.


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