Council wastes no time in tackling its recycling plan
Reducing amount of waste sent to landfill is borough’s aim
HILLINGDON Council is leading the way to increase recycling across all of west London, by producing a waste plan across six boroughs.
The West London Waste Plan (WLWP) outlines how the boroughs will tackle waste through the planning process. It aims to support residents and businesses in cutting waste and significantly reducing the amount being sent to landfill.
The plan allows for recycling of household waste to reach at least 60% by 2031. For waste from businesses the targets are even higher with an expectation that recycling will reach over 70% by 2020.
Hillingdon Council lead on the production of the plan and worked closely with the five other boroughs, Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.
The plan was also adopted by the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation which took responsibility for planning in parts of Brent and Ealing boroughs on April 1.
Leader of Hillingdon Council Councillor Ray Puddifoot said: “I’m delighted that this plan has been adopted.
“A lot of work has gone into ensuring that future facilities for managing waste in west London will be developed in a way that brings maximum benefits to our businesses and communities.
“Preparation of the plan has involved extensive consultation with residents and business and will lead to a lot less landfill.
“The plan was examined over six months by a Planning Inspector who ultimately agreed that the plan forms a sound basis on which to make decisions about how and where waste should be managed in west London. The plan will ensure there are enough sites to manage all the waste produced in west London.
While some of west London’s waste, especially that from households, will continue to be sent outside of the area, the plan ensures that the same amount could be managed inside the area and in this way the communities and businesses of west London are taking full responsibility for the waste they produce.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of the plan which means that waste will be managed over the next 15 years in a way that does not hinder, and in fact benefits, aspirations of generations.
“For example, specific polices have been included to ensure that impacts on climate change will be significantly reduced and to ensure that the highest standards of design and construction are achieved.
“This plan is the result of some fantastic cooperation between the boroughs in west London. Pulling together has meant there have been significant costs savings in the production of the plan.”
West London is a major contributor to the national economy, contributing £32.8 billion in 2011, and the plan will help ensure that it is served by an effective integrated network of waste management facilities well into the future.
The West London Waste Plan will now be used by the boroughs as the basis for determining planning applications for waste related development. Details of the West London Waste Plan can be found at the WLWP website www.wlwp.net