A new ‘Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector’ commissioned by Resource London and the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNET) and developed by Eunomia generated a lot of interest when launched at the London Conference on Thursday 16th March 2017.
The new guide identifies a number of areas in which London Boroughs can work more effectively with tenants and landlords to tackle waste management problems in the domestic rented sector.
Resource London and LEDNET appointed Eunomia to develop the guide after research suggested excess waste, difficulty in containing waste, and high levels of recycling contamination from the rented sector contributed to poor street scene and represented a barrier to London reinvigorating recycling.
A project board with representation from the local authority and rental sectors including the National Landlords Association, ARLA Propertymark and Advice 4 Renters, contributed to the development of the guide.
Sue Harris from LEDNET who chaired the project board said:
“Boroughs are working hard with limited resources to keep our streets free from litter and rubbish and improve recycling rates. LEDNET members have identified the rented sector as an area where we need to do more work with the relevant stakeholders to help raise the level of engagement with recycling services and reduce rubbish dumping in our streets. With the help of this guide, and by engaging more effectively with tenants, landlords and their agents, and their representative bodies we can tackle these issues which we know are not just restricted to London.”
Antony Buchan, head of programme for Resource London, said:
“London has a large transient population. Lots of Londoners live in rented accommodation – often only for short periods. Helping them engage with the local authorities’ waste and recycling services can be challenging. Resource London was therefore delighted to work with so many key sector stakeholders in the development of the Domestic Sector Guide, which strongly advocates a collaborative approach to tackling the challenge of improving and increasing recycling from London’s rental sector.”
The guide suggests councils looking to make improvements should use a number of levers: recommendations such as incorporating waste management into landlord licensing processes, using tenancy agreements and making targeted communications available to landlords and tenants on responsibilities and how to use the waste services available, are backed up by case studies and good practice examples. A total of six sections are covered in the guide including: communications, collaboration, tenancy agreements, waste collection service provision and policies, licencing and enforcement.
Eunomia Managing Consultant and author of the guide Rob Gillies said:
“With the domestic rented sector continuing to grow in London and elsewhere, educating, encouraging and helping landlords and their tenants to do the right thing with their waste is increasingly important. It has the potential to really make a difference with street scene and recycling performance and Eunomia is hopeful that this Guide will stimulate further positive collaboration between the main stakeholders on addressing the issues we’ve identified.”
The Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector is available to view and download here