Flats, and other multi occupancy buildings, account for around 50% of all housing in London but recycling collected from them is just 10%.

The capital’s flats are often singled out as the reason why London performs badly in recycling rates forcing waste authorities to invest more funding.

In the latest funding, announced today (March 9), 18 boroughs will share £3.7million aimed at increasing flats’ recycle rates, from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

Under the scheme boroughs in London, including Lewisham, Lambeth and Brent, will install mobile recycling centres and fund ‘innovative projects’ to boost recycling.

In real term this will mean around 294,000 flats getting improved recycling services.

London mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “I cannot think of any better incentive for people to recycle than being able to invest in their community as a return.

“I have always been a huge enthusiast for this kind of scheme which revolutionises the way people think about recycling.”

LWARB chairman, James Cleverly, said: “Some residents will be able to recycle from their property for the first time, as well as new materials including food waste and small electrical goods.

“This is a great step towards making it easier for residents living in these properties to recycle.”

Luke Walsh

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