Thanks @Brett and @ChrisBeach for the feedback. It does put the issue under a slightly different light once realised that very little waste in Lewisham is diverted to landfill. For this LB should be commended.
Thogh Dioxins aside, I would still like to see the %age of recycling in the LB increase significantly. While diversion from landfill is a major objective, we should also seek to reuse resource wherever possible. While incineration firms and councils may claim sustainability, trash at the end of the day is not renewable. Burning these resources destroys these resources for good. And producing new goods from virgin, finite resources requires energy and lots of it.
One could also argue that the reliance on incineration inhibits recycling. It is the easy option for LAs and was perhaps an unsurprising one when SELCHP was commissioned in 1991 as there wasn’t (I recall) any significant curbside recycling program in London.
So while I applaud Lewisham (and Greenwich and Southwark) for their efforts in diverting waste from landfill, I would encourage them to continue improving their recycling efforts. The two other partners in SELCHP have - both Greenwich and Southwark recycle c. 35% - so why can’t Lewisham?
That is not to say that incineration has its place… it does. But after reading the above material I cannot understand why the mix can’t be biased to recycling.
Thanks so much for that update. Great to hear that there is activity behind the scenes. Do you know if LB has a recycling target?
So happy that we will have food waste collection. I became so used to this in Southwark that it pains me every time I throw peelings, or egg shells, or meat fat in the general waste. This summer I’ll have a wormery but that won’t take everything.