Aims of the project:

LWARB brings together London’s waste stakeholders and a range of partners to transform waste management and accelerate circular economy in the capital. Our objectives, are:

  • the production of less waste;
  • an increase in the proportion of waste that is re-used or recycled; and
  • the use of methods of collection, treatment and disposal of waste that are more beneficial to the environment in London.

We achieve this through the delivery of two main programme areas:

  • Resource London: a programme of support for London waste authorities jointly funded by LWARB and WRAP;
  • Circular London: a programme to accelerate London’s transition to a circular economy through collaboration with the public and private sector and international partners.

The Draft London Plan –  will require from Spring 2020, a circular economy statement for all new developments over 150 dwellings, which focuses on:

  • Designing out waste
  • Designing for adaptability
  • Designing for longevity
  • Designing for disassembly, reuse and recycling.

Key projects being implemented in London fall under behaviour change, a focus on the built environment, supporting innovation and investment – a summary of some of these projects highlights the breadth of Circular London’s effort.


Behaviour Change

  • Small Change Big Difference (TrIfocal) – food waste campaign in targeted boroughs
  • #Love not Landfill (ECAP) – project aimed to tackle the 11 million items of clothing that go to landfill in the UK every week, targeted 16-24 year olds and fast fashion
  • CIRCuIT – 4 year collaborative project funded by Horizon 2020, 30 partners across London, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Helsinki. Focus on circular construction in cities:
  • Demolition and reuse, refurbishment, design, governance and planning
  • EMF Food Initiative
  • Circular Fashion Fast Forward – funded by C&A Foundation
  • Circular Office – new LWARB office – showcase – tackling office fit-out culture

Supporting innovation

  • Investment into funds with focus on circular economy
  • Advance London – ERDF funded advisory programme
  • Fully funded accelerator programme within built environment (6 businesses over 6 months)
  • Annual showcase event #CEweekLDN – facilitate collaboration opportunities.

Project details:

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is a partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve resource management across the city.

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