Waste avoidance must be promoted in London’s Environment Strategy, says LWARB

Waste avoidance must be promoted in London’s Environment Strategy, says LWARB

The London Waste And Recycling Board (LWARB) has welcomed Sadiq Khan’s draft Environmental Strategy but says that it must put more emphasis on waste avoidance and reducing single-use packaging to emphasise the full extent of a circular economy, rather than just focusing on the treatment of waste itself.

LWARB also made significant reference to the low-carbon circular economy in its response, declaring it crucial to keeping London’s businesses remain competitive and resilient, while imploring the Mayor to provide further context so that readers can understand how the circular economy contributes to climate change mitigation and increases resilience.

The group states that a circular economy could provide London with net benefits of at least £7 billion a year as well as 40,000 new jobs, and asks that the strategy include an acknowledgement of the current work undertaken by LWARB to assist businesses across London to shift to circular business models, as well as the work of many in London to seal its place as one of the key global cities leading the transition to a circular economy.