Circular Economy £50m Business Plan Unveiled in London

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB)’s new plan, put together under new chair Liz Goodwin, outlines a three-year programme which LWARB hopes will kick-start the Mayor of London’s ambitious challenge to put London on track to be a zero-carbon city by 2050.

LWARB has this week set out a £50m business plan to help reinvigorate recycling efforts and accelerate the development of the circular economy across the capital.

The business plan involves a range of schemes including a £3m circular economy accelerator project, a £14m circular economy venture capital fund, and a £1.5m investment into a larger circular economy business development capital fund.

To help realise a 2030 recycling rate of 65% across London’s residents and businesses, a “flats taskforce” will be introduced with a specific aim of driving up the recycling performance of Londoners living in blocks of flats.

LWARB will contribute £1m to the taskforce and will be looking for partners to contribute additional income before the programme starts this summer.

LWARB recently launched Advance London, a new business support programme created to enable SMEs in the capital to adopt and scale up circular business models. The project was unveiled in the same week that research discovered that only four London boroughs out of the 32 are above the national domestic recycling average of 44.9%.

An improved circular economy model in London is estimated to have the potential to create 40,000 new jobs by 2030 as well as lowering unemployment and providing financial incentives.

London is set to follow in the footsteps of other UK devolved authorities which have already latched on to the benefits of resource efficiency; the Welsh Government last week unveiled a £6.5m fund to help SMEs make the transformation towards a circular economy, following on from a similar initiative launched by the Scottish Government last year.

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