New web site lifts the lid on waste treatment

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling and rubbish once it’s been collected from your door step? Where is it taken? What is your recycling turned into? How and where is non-recyclable rubbish disposed of?

The answers to these and many more waste-related questions can be found by logging on to the South London Waste Partnership’s new web site:

The South London Waste Partnership is made up of four local councils (Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) who are working together to provide improved and more cost-effective waste management services to their residents.

The Partnership’s new web site has been designed to provide residents of the four boroughs with a clear and comprehensive insight into how waste from the 335,000 households in the Partnership area is managed.

The web site is divided into three clear sections:

‘Who we are’ – an introduction to the boroughs, Councillors, Council Officers and commercial partners that make up the South London Waste Partnership
‘What we do’ – Detailed information on the activities of the Partnership. Video and photographs assist in providing a fascinating insight into the various techniques and technologies that are used by the waste industry to treat recycling and rubbish. Under ‘Plans for the future’ residents can learn more about how their non-recyclable waste will be treated in the future.
‘Why we do it’ – an overview of the environmental, financial and legislative reasons why local councils across the country are having to radically change the way they treat and dispose of household waste.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration and a member of the South London Waste Partnership joint committee Councillor Andrew Judge said: ‘Independent research carried out by Ipsos MORI has revealed that 94% of residents living in the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton believe that it is fairly or very important to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

‘But when asked what we should do with that waste instead, the most common response is ‘I don’t know’. So, while there are high levels of awareness that landfill is no longer a sustainable option, there is also a lack of knowledge around the alternative options.

‘One of the key objectives of the Partnership’s excellent new web site is to give residents an insight into the alternatives to landfill and an understanding of how their recycling and rubbish will be treated and disposed of in the years to come.’