Resource London forms new partnership with Peabody house association to improve recycling rates in London's flats

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Liz Goodwin OBE, chair at London Waste and Recycling Board, environment minister, Thérèse Coffey and commercial director, Peabody, John Spillett

Resource London and Peabody house association have launched a new partnership to improve recycling rates in flats across inner London boroughs.

It will conduct research into how recycling fits with people’s everyday lives, practical details of what and when they recycle and what motivates them to do it.

Flats account for around 80% of households in some boroughs but on average residents from flats recycle half as much as those living in houses.

London’s recycling rate has increased from 32% to 33% over the past year, yet this is lower than the overall England recycling rate of 44%.

Environment minister, Thérèse Coffey, said: “Recycling in urban areas is difficult – nowhere more so than London where the borough of Newham has the lowest recycling rate in the country at just 14%.

“Having initiated this important research partnership between Resource London and Peabody, I look forward to seeing the results as quickly as possible to understand what more can be done and how government can help.”

The partnership will run until 2020 and is part of a wider £1 million programme of work focusing on improving recycling in purpose-built flats.

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