The Resource London programme is London’s waste authority and business waste support programme, a partnership between LWARB and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). Its objective is primarily to increase London’s recycling rate, helping to deliver the mayor’s aim that London become a zero-waste city and ensuring that by 2030 65% of London’s municipal waste is being recycled. The programme works with London’s waste authorities to improve and harmonise services, but also communicates directly with Londoners through a range of behaviour-change campaigns, in order to minimise waste and make recycling the norm.
A circular economy keeps products and materials circulating within the economy at their highest value for as long as possible, an approach that is more resource-efficient and protects businesses from fluctuating commodity prices. It could provide a more stable operating environment for manufacturers, retailers and consumers – potentially of benefit to London post Brexit as it also creates the possibility of new revenue streams, markets and product lines.
This is LWARB’s vision for London – a circular city that capitalises on these opportunities to become a more resilient, resource-efficient and competitive city of the future. Through our work with stakeholders of every variety, we aim to be the lead facilitator and practitioner of circular economy in London, already home to so many exciting circular businesses across a range of sectors. Through collaboration with businesses, consumers, policymakers and others, we know that our progressive and outward-looking city can sustain and grow one of the most open and dynamic (circular) economies in the world.
Ali Moore is Communications & Behaviour Change Manager at Resource London.
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E C O L O G I S T TECHNOLOGY
Lisa Jackson discusses Apple’s recycling and renewable energy initiatives © 2019 Apple Inc.
GOOD & BAD APPLES
Brendan Montague wonders whether a promise to end the use of materials extracted from the Earth will bear fruit
hink different.” It’s what Apple asked us to do. And now the technology giant – the first public company on the planet to reach a stock price of US$1 trillion – is promising to do things very differently as well. Apple is a corporate member of the Circular Economy 100 of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. But what does this mean in the real world?
Tim Cook, the sneaker-wearing chief executive, was drowned in whoops and cheers when he announced at the annual showcase of new products that the enclosure of the new MacBook Air would be made from 100% recycled aluminium. This is the first, and the most tactile, manifestation of the company’s commitment to a circular economy. “It’s designed to use shavings of recaptured aluminium that are re-engineered down to the atomic level,” the sales pitch goes.
Lisa Jackson is the company’s vice-president of environmental, policy and social initiatives. She made a public announcement that the company will end its use of materials extracted from the earth through mining – a commitment to what Macworld described as a “completely closed loop supply chain”. She told an Apple Special Event: “As you can imagine, this is a massive effort.” No deadline was given. She revealed that the use of recycled metal in the logic boards of new iPhones would result in a reduction of the mining equivalent of 10,000 tonnes of tin ore every year. Jackson was head of the Environmental Protection Agency