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New programme to help residents living in tower blocks recycle more

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A new project to support residents across Tower Hamlets living in tower blocks to recycle more of their waste is being rolled out after a six-month pilot. The council has secured £2.1m in funding to help ensure that residents can benefit from improved recycling facilities.  

Over the next three years, the council will be providing new and improved infrastructure to estates across the borough, such as upgrading and providing additional communal recycling bins, clear and visible signage around bins, and providing information about proper ways to recycle.  

Research from across England has demonstrated that recycling rates are lower from flats compared to kerbside properties. As 85% of the properties in Tower Hamlets are flats, it is important to provide support, facilities, and information to help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle more.  

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: 

“Tackling our waste problem is crucial to responding to the climate emergency and the problem of plastic pollution. Supporting our residents by providing everything they need to recycle is one way in which the council is working to increase our recycling rates and be kinder to the planet.” 

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: 

“Reducing, reusing and recycling are important steps to take to become more sustainable. We know that there are challenges to recycling in flats, but we hope that with this package designed to support our residents, everyone can do their bit to make our borough cleaner and greener.” 

Read more about the Recycling Flats Package from ReLondon: https://relondon.gov.uk/resources/case-study-the-flats-recycling-package  

Posted on Monday 14th March 2022