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Zero waste strategy commitment for Kingston

Following a residents’ committee meeting last month, Kingston Council members unanimously voted to explore the development of a strategy to become a zero waste borough.

Zero waste schemes vary widely, but they can focus on anything from reducing waste production, encouraging sustainability to attempting to send a very small proportion of waste to landfill.

Kingston’s commitment to developing a zero waste strategy comes off the back of the borough being recognised as the top third best performing borough in London for reusing, recycling and composting - after Bexley and Bromley. (source: DEFRA)

The residents’ committee also agreed to standardise waste collection across the borough and help residents to take advantage of new technology. This includes ensuring flats receive recycling bins to deliver a consistent and robust service. New technology is being installed on the new fleet of waste and recycling trucks to help target areas where residents are not recycling as much as they could.

The council, as part of the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP), also recently awarded Veolia preferred bidder status to deliver a range of harmonised services for waste collection and street cleaning services.  SLWP is comprised of four boroughs - Sutton, Merton, Croydon and Kingston. The deal is expected to reduce waste production and help increase recycling rates across the four boroughs. It is also expected to achieve significant cost savings - estimated to be in excess of £30 million for members of the partnership.

Councillor Phil Doyle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environment at Kingston Council, said:

“Being third in London for recycling is good - but we want, and can, do better. We want to be the best. Becoming a zero waste borough is an ambitious aspiration, but now we have the commitment from members to draft a roadmap to achieving it. We're always striving to improve our waste services to help keep Kingston’s spaces green, clean and sparkling.”

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About the South London Waste Partnership 

  • The South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) comprises the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton, and Sutton. It was established in 2003 to provide a variety of environmental services in a more cost effective and environmentally sustainable way.
  • The Partnership has an outstanding track record of delivering value for money on behalf of local council tax payers through its ‘phase A’ and ‘phase B’ contracts, including successfully negotiating a waste treatment contract that will save £200m between now and 2025