Don't let our future go to waste: waste, recycling and clean air summit to take place on 1 October

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Waste, recycling and clean air - Tower Hamlets event

Tower Hamlets’ waste strategy consultation to finish with large summit for residents, stakeholders and businesses

A major summit will take place on 1 October, from 6pm to 8pm, at The Atrium, 124 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ; where residents, community organisations and businesses will meet and discuss issues relating to the waste consultation ‘Don’t Let Our Future Go To Waste’.

From single use plastics poisoning our oceans, to air pollution damaging cognitive health; the state of the environment (both now and for future generations) is a shared responsibility.

In Tower Hamlets, additional pressures like a rapidly growing population mean that we must collectively re-evaluate how we reduce, reuse and recycle waste and clean our environment.

This summit will see speakers from leading organisations present findings, research and thought leadership on subjects aligned to the six key strategic priorities laid out in Don’t Let Our Future Go To Waste.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from Resource London, Keep Britain Tidy, The Canary Wharf Group, Bywaters and the Local Government Association, in addition to Tower Hamlets’ Council’s Chief Executive Will Tuckley and Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs.

Topics and subjects covered include (but are not limited to) better recycling provision on housing estates, to more facilities to recycle food and the lobbying of supermarkets and manufacturers for reduced plastic use. Collectively, attendees will be invited to consider the many steps we can take together, and what the council can do to help us ensure a better planet for future generations.  

Further speakers and roundtable discussion items will be confirmed in due course.

By attending and participating, residents and businesses can talk about the barriers preventing them from doing more and suggest ways that we can all work together to shape the future.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, comments:

‘‘We’ve seen the devastating impact waste can have upon the planet. It is clear that we all need to do change our behaviour when an increasing population is producing more waste.

"A recent LGA report said that two thirds of plastic pots, tubs and trays are non-recyclable while at the same time retailers are using unnecessary packaging.

 "This waste strategy is about getting the basics right of collecting the bins and recycling, but also about how we waste less so we are a cleaner and greener borough”.

Councillor David Edgar, Cabinet member for Environment and Air Quality said: 

“Our work on the waste strategy so far has seen us engage with hundreds of residents and representatives in Tower Hamlets to understand what works well and the barriers to more effective waste management and recycling.

“I urge residents to take a few minutes to complete our online survey, but also to come and join us on 1 October to hear from industry leaders about how we can combine forces and overcome the challenges facing us all. The event also provides residents a key forum in which to meet and talk with the council and help to shape the future of Tower Hamlets services by letting us know how they think the council can help reduce the impact of waste on the environment.”

Event details and how to book your place:

Date: Monday 1 October

Time: 6-8pm (registration open from 5:30pm)

Venue: The Atrium, 124 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ.

Refreshments will be served

Space is limited, so to confirm and reserve a space at the summit, please RSVP to before 28 September.

If you have further questions about the proposed waste strategy please email



Notes for editors:

  1. The online consultation survey is open for responses until 5 October.
  2. Tower Hamlets’ population is projected to increase from 317,200 in 2018 to 370,700 in 2028. This is 17% growth, almost twice as fast as London (10%) and is equivalent to 15 additional residents every day for the next decade.
  3. The number of households in Tower Hamlets is projected to increase from 132,100 in 2018 to 160,100 in 2028.
  4. In 2016/17, the council collected 116,704 tonnes of waste, the weight of 9,226 routemaster buses.
  5. Over 70% of waste is not currently recycled.
  6. A recent Local Government Association study found that two thirds of plastic pots, tubs and trays are non-recyclable.
  7. 40% of Tower Hamlets’ residents live in areas that exceed legal pollution levels.
  8. Litter is the third biggest concern among residents, yet continued cuts to council budgets simply mean that cleaning cannot keep up.
Posted on Wednesday 19th September 2018