London is one of the most influential cities in the world, consisting of 32 boroughs with an ever expanding population. A busy hive of activity encompassing the high powered money of the City, the tradition of the palaces and Westminster, the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, the decadence of Mayfair, the greenness of the parks and the residential quaintness of the Mews’. London has many hats whether you want to meander down the Thames or take in the sights and sounds of the markets (Borough, Spitalfields, Camden but to name a few). Now a multicultural hub London encompasses the modern day city.
It is easy to understand why so many flock to live here but with the increasing population comes an increase in the use of facilities and products which among other things leads to an increase in the problem of waste. There are hundreds of waste facilities around the city including many council run tips and recycling centres. Many local authorities offer similar regular domestic collection services for household rubbish and recycling with some offering a subscription service for garden waste removal and others offering a one off collection service for bulky items either for a nominal fee or allowing a free service for one or two collections a year.
Many of the recycling centres vary in what they will take and what criteria residents need to meet in order to dispose of rubbish there. Throughout London there are various private waste collection services which provide a variety of services including domestic household waste collection, office clearance and commercial waste removal. Many of these are competitively priced (like skipmate.com) but be sure to check their credentials. Only if someone has a valid waste carriers licence are they legally able to collect, transport and dispose of your rubbish, without this not only are they acting illegally but so are you.
London borough councils are aware of the ever increasing issue of rubbish, pulling their resources to try and create state of the art waste management facilities. As a result of this demand borough councils have set up authorities to amalgamate resources. An example of this is WRWA (Western Riverside Waste Authority) which has been set up between Hammersmith & Fulham. Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth and Lambeth.
Several large private waste contractors also work with borough councils to assist in diverting waste away from landfill and increase the production of energy from waste to increase sustainability and provide conservation areas which previously had been contaminated by waste or had been used for landfill.
The work of the borough councils along with private companies, charities, community organisations and residents themselves has allowed London to take steps to becoming a more environmentally and eco-friendly city. At Skipmate.com we are very proud to be a part of this.
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