tonnes of waste
that's enough to fill more than 2,800 50m Olympic pools
London's waste management has reached breaking point.
Waste is estimated to grow by 1 million tonnes yearly (1)
Landfills are expected to reach capacity by 2026 (2)
Annual waste bill stands at an excess of £2 billion (2)
In 2015/16, landfills and incinerators produced 273kt CO2eq (3)
The Solution: Recycling
LOWER GHG EMISSIONS: As rates of material recovery increases, the proportion of municipal waste sent to landfills and incinerators drops.
ENERGY SAVED: Generating virgin materials by fossil fuel combustion and manufacturing virgin materials is more energy-hungry than recycling.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY: Establishes the third pillar of a circular economy focused on re-use and re-purposing of materials.
GREEN CITY: The pressure on landfills will diminish, enabling the space to be relocated to non-recyclable waste and extending the time to capacity beyond 2026.
London is infamous for its
Low Recycling Rates
compared to the rest of the UK (4)
5 out of 10 Councils
that have the Lowest Recycling Rates in England fall within London (5)
70-80% of waste is recyclable, but only 33% is Recycled (6)
100 Languages are spoken in London, creating Language Barriers (2)
33 different recycling
47% of households have Disagreements over plastic recycling (8)
Transient population where One Third of Households Moved in 2016 (9)
84% of recycled waste was
Rejected for Contamination
between 2011-2015 (7)