a dramatic and sustained reduction in the amount of household waste sent to landfill.
The south London boroughs are reshaping their services to create the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP), a joint board of elected politicians from the four councils, closely supported by senior officers which will have direct powers to let contracts, own assets and employ staff. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agreed heads of terms.
The aim is to procure and run a joint contract through the SLWP that will cover the treatment of waste, the management of the four boroughs' household re-use and recycling centres, the transport of residual waste to landfill and the management of the landfill site itself. The contract will not include the kerbside collection of refuse and recycling from households, which will continue to be managed by the boroughs individually.
The four boroughs in the SLWP have a combined population of more than 850,000 people who generated 483,000 tonnes of municipal waste last year. This is predicted to rise to 668,000 tonnes by 2020 - the landfill allowance targets mean that only 85,000 tonnes (13%) will be landfill-able.
Sutton LBC deputy leader Colin Hall said: 'There is little doubt that this is one of the biggest challenges that local authorities have ever faced. The partnership is meeting that challenge by pooling the finances, resources and expertise of four high performing and neighbouring authorities.'
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