What are the top priorities for handling our waste?
Focus Groups to inform a new strategy
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is obliged to produce a new strategy to guide handling waste from Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, and Waltham Forest, because the previous strategy is out of date. This is the version of the strategy published in February 2009.
The new Joint Waste Strategy for North London (NLJWS) will provide the framework for waste management in north London up to 2040 and Focus Groups will be held over September – two via zoom, with one in-person in Camden and one in Enfield. Attendees must register in advance to attend.
- Tuesday 19 September, 6pm –7:30pm – online on Zoom – Register here
- Wednesday 20 September, 6pm-7:30pm – Pancras Square Library – Register here
- Tuesday 26 September, 6pm-7:30pm – Enfield Town Library – Register here
- Wednesday 27 September, 12:30pm-2pm – online on Zoom – Register here
The focus groups follow on from a survey, here ended on 15th Sept with 7 questions asking opinions about reducing waste, repairing more, recycling more and the importance of waste jobs, waste disposal, carbon emissions.
The focus groups will be around the topics addressed in the survey, allowing attendees to hear from the NLWA strategy team and to discuss aaspects of the developing strategy with them.
This waste hierarchy triangle illustrates the priority approaches for managing waste. Waste hierarchy guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk) Defra 2011
The main Aims and Objectives of the out of date strategy here (page 2) were:
1.B In December 2001, the North London Partner Authorities agreed the following joint Aims and Objectives:
• To promote and implement sustainable municipal wastes management policies in North London
• To minimise the overall environmental impacts of wastes management
• To engage residents, community groups, local business and any other interested parties in the development and implementation of the above policies
• To provide customer-focused, best value services
• To minimise the amount of municipal wastes arising
• To maximise recycling and composting rates
• To reduce greenhouse gases by disposing of less organic waste in landfill sites
• To co-ordinate and continuously improve municipal wastes minimisation and management policies in North London
• To manage municipal wastes in the most environmentally benign and economically efficient ways possible through the provision and co-ordination of appropriate wastes management facilities and services
• To ensure that services and information are fully accessible to all members of the community
• To maximise all opportunities for local regeneration
• To ensure an equitable distribution of costs, so that those who produce or manage the waste pay for it
Are these still our aims and objectives in 2023, looking to 2040?
The focus groups give us the opportunity to make sure that the NLWA addresses today’s waste challenges in the best way for the planet, as well as for North London residents. We all need to support Government efforts to reduce the amount of stuff needing to be recycled or disposed of as quickly as possible to reduce our carbon emissions and get to ‘net zero’.
The NLWA can help with that aim, so check out the old strategy and let the NLWA know how the new strtegy can address today’s waste challenges without harming the planet.