Give your views on waste disposal

North London local authorities collect nearly 1 million tonnes of rubbish a year, from all homes and some businesses in their area. This “municipal waste” is equivalent to more than 1 tonne per household. Businesses, building sites, hospitals and other facilities generate approximately 3 million tonnes of waste which also has to be dealt with.

Currently, around half of North London’s municipal waste and a quarter of business waste goes to landfill sites outside London but this can not continue. Councils now need to reduce the amount of waste being produced, increase recycling and find alternative ways of using and treating waste within North London.

Councils in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest are currently developing the North London Waste Plan. When adopted, the Plan will form part of their Local Development Frameworks.

Following last year’s consultation on the issues and options for the Plan, the seven boroughs have now put together a draft plan (also known as the”Preferred Options Report”). It identifies sites for the wide range of waste facilities needed to manage the waste produced in North London up to 2021. They want you to say what you think of this report. Are the proposed sites the most suitable ones? Will the proposed policies help ensure the best facilities possible?

Local people will get the chance to find out more about the plan, and give their views through drop-in sessions which will be held in October and November 2009 in each of the seven North London boroughs. Details of these are below:

  • 14 October Green Living Centre, 222 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1XR
  • 19 October The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY
  • 20 October Ocean, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE
  • 22 October Hendon Town Hall, The Boroughs, NW4 4BG
  • 2 November Haringey Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE
  • 3 November Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 9AU
  • 10 November The Artzone, 54-56 Market Square, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, N9 0TZ

The plan will be available to view from 14 October here, in the council’s planning office or at any one of the council’s libraries. At the same locations you will also be able to see related reports on previous consultation, habitats, equalities and sustainability.

You can send feedback in the ways below:

  • Send your responses to the questions in the draft plan by completing the questionnaire at the back of the report.
  • Complete the questionnaire online here.
  • Send general comments by email to or in writing to Archie Onslow at Camden Town Hall, Argyle Street, London WC1H 8EQ.

If you are a member of a community group that has a particular interest in the issues and you would like one of your meetings to discuss the issues, please email

All questionnaires and comments must be returned by 24 November 2009.

Please feel free to contact Karen Thomas on 020 7527 2676, Sakiba Gurda on 020 7527 2402 or the North London Waste Plan Programme Manager, Archie Onslow, from London Borough of Camden, on 020 7974 5916.