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The waste challenge

Households across the South London Waste Partnership region produce a lot of waste – enough to fill 30,000 collection trucks each year!

The challenge is to collect and treat all of that waste in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.

The waste challenge
Streets of terraced houses pictured from above.

The journey to zero landfill

The amount of waste we send to landfill plummeted by 95% between 2015 and 2019.

Find out how we achieved this and the environmental and financial benefits it’s delivered.

The journey to zero landfill
A landfill compactor vehicle moves waste around a landfill site.

The future: circular economy and carbon reduction

Recycling is important, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

To tackle climate change, we need to completely redefine our relationship with the things we buy and own. The linear economy we’re accustomed to (buy – use – dispose) must be replaced with a ‘circular economy’. Driving down carbon emissions will become more important than chasing higher recycling rates.

The future
Green circular economy concept - arrow infinity symbol with grass, isolated on white background.