Key areas of work
LEDNet’s work on waste and resources aims to address London’s biggest waste-related challenges - to reduce consumption-based emissions in London and achieve a circular economy and meet London’s net zero targets. Through our work in 2021/22, we will respond to the changing needs of our environment and communities through:
- Influencing waste policy, a key objective for LEDNet, focusing on the formulation of a pan-London response to the Resources and Waste Strategy consultations to secure waste and resources-related provisions;
- Influencing waste services, understanding and planning for the future of waste in London, reflecting on the amount of waste generated, its composition and the actions needed to influence those two constraints; and
- Sharing knowledge and ensuring that best practice is disseminated and lessons learnt are shared, as it is via this mechanism that London wide service improvements will be accelerated.
Throughout the year, external stakeholders will join the waste and resources sessions to discuss ideas and projects that are deemed to be either or both innovative and transformational.
LEDNet's work on waste and resources is led by Venetia Reid-Baptiste, Director of Environment and Streetscene at LB Lambeth. Other London boroughs represented on the cluster are Enfield, Camden, Hounslow, Lewisham Newham, Redbridge and Havering.
External organisations on the cluster include London Councils, East London Waste Authority (ELWA), National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO) and the Association of London Cleansing Officers (ALCO). The cluster meets eight times/year.
Projects and publications
Recent work on waste and resources includes:
- Response to the Government's consultation on an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for packaging and a Deposit Return Scheme
- Participation in London's Circular Economy Week from 14-18 June 2021 with a publication of an opinion piece on circular economy
- LEDNet participated in London Repair week on 12-17 October 2021, holding an event on reuse and repair
- LEDNet funded the research to increase recycling in flats and the development of the Flats Recycling Package
- LEDNet and the Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) produced a joint statement on issues concerning air quality and waste
- LEDNet commissioned Keep Britain Tidy to carry out research into the behavioural drivers of fly-tipping and are currently piloting interventions to address the findings
- LEDNet responded to the Waste and Resources Sector Deal consultation
- LEDNet and TEC submitted a joint response to Defra's first round of waste consultations on Reforming UK Packaging Producer Responsibility System, Deposit Return Scheme and Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections
Engaging with the cluster
Please contact the LEDNet team if you have queries relating to LEDNet’s work on waste and resources or are interested in presenting at a meeting.