Lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries have caused fires in the rubbish lorries. Please do not put batteries in your waste or recycling bin. All batteries (including lithium batteries from e-bikes and e-scooters and other re-chargeable devices) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Northumberland Wharf.

Air quality

Our aim is to improve air quality in the borough for the health and benefit of our residents, businesses and visitors.

This is done by:

  • monitoring the environment,
  • controlling pollution emissions,
  • giving advice,
  • and where possible, taking enforcement action.

Information within this site has been divided into four sections:

  1. 'Air pollution and complaints' provides detailed information for residents who are having problems related to air pollution. There are contact details and links to register complaints and report problems.
  2. 'Air quality projects and campaigns' provides information on what we are monitoring and why, what we are doing to help improve local air quality, as well as what you can do to get involved.
  3. 'Advanced Information on Air Quality' contains information for professionals seeking to support planning applications or review our monitoring data.
  4. Air quality and planning contains information about managing development work to avoid a negative impact on people and the environment. 


Expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

The Mayor of London has announced his decision to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide.

The expansion will start from Tuesday 29 August 2023. It will operate across all London boroughs up to the existing Low Emission Zone boundary, ensuring five million more Londoners breathe cleaner air.
Find out more details on the ULEZ expansion.

London Schools Pollution Helpdesk

The Mayor of London launched School Pollution Help desk In partnership with the environmental charities Global Action Plan and Impact on Urban Health, the helpdesk will support schools across the capital to deliver air quality audits.

Schools can contact the helpdesk by phone, email, online forms or by text to ask for advice.

The website will also be a source of information, offering signposting to the best resources and case studies for schools.

For further information please visit the pollution helpdesk website.

Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme

The Mayor’s £110m ULEZ vehicle scrappage scheme and new temporary exemptions for disabled drivers and wheelchair accessible vehicles are open.

This support will help Londoners prepare for the August expansion of the ULEZ across London. The scheme will help five million more Londoners breathe cleaner air. You can read the full press release.

Londoners receiving certain means-tested benefits and non-means-tested disability benefits can apply for cash grants of up to £2,000.

They can also get bus and tram passes to scrap their non-compliant cars or motorcycles. Businesses with upto 10 employees, sole traders and charities can apply for grants of up to £9,500 to scrap their vehicles or grants of £5,000 to retrofit certain vehicles.

To go with the scrappage scheme, the Mayor and TfL have also announced a host of ULEZ support offers. This includes exclusive offers for successful applicants of the scrappage scheme. This will help Londoners enjoy discounts on subscriptions, rentals and purchases of bicycles, e-bikes and more.



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