Resource London and the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNET) commissioned specialist waste management consultancy Eunomia to develop the guide after research suggested that issues including excess waste, difficulty in containing waste, and high levels of recycling contamination from the rented sector contributed to poor street scene and represented a barrier to London reinvigorating recycling.
A project board with representation from the local authority and rental sectors including bodies representing tenants, landlord and their agents, provided input to the development of a Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector.
Sue Harris from LEDNET who chaired the project board said: “Boroughs are working hard with limited resources to keep our streets free from litter and rubbish and improve recycling rates. LEDNET members have identified the rented sector as an area where we need to do more work with the relevant stakeholders to help raise the level of engagement with recycling services and reduce rubbish dumping in our streets. With the help of this guide, and by engaging more effectively with tenants, landlords and their agents, and their representative bodies we can tackle these issues which we know are not just restricted to London.”
Antony Buchan, head of programme for Resource London, said: “London has a large transient population. Lots of Londoners live in rented accommodation - often only for short periods. Helping them engage with the local authorities’ waste and recycling services can be challenging. The Domestic Sector Guide strongly advocates a collaborative approach to tackling the challenge of improving and increasing recycling from London’s rental sector.”
The guide suggests councils looking to make improvements should use a number of levers: recommendations such as incorporating waste management into landlord licensing processes, using tenancy agreements and making targeted communications available to landlords and tenants on responsibilities and how to use the waste services available, are backed up by case studies and good practice examples. A total of six sections are covered in the guide including communications, collaboration, tenancy agreements, waste collection service provision and policies, licencing and enforcement.
Project board member Tim Douglas, policy & campaigns officer for ARLA Propertymark, said: “Professional letting agents have an important role to play in providing information and encouraging their clients to manage their waste responsibly.”
The Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector is available to view and download from http://resourcelondon.org/resources/toolkits/