The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is a statutory Board established by the GLA Act 2007 to provide a strategic approach to waste management in London. The Board is chaired by the Mayor of London, or his representative, and comprises councillors and independent members. The LWARB business plan 2017-2020 has three main themes: Resource London, which provides London waste authority support, Advance London which encompasses all of LWARB’s investment and business support offerings, and Circular London, a programme that looks to accelerate the move to a circular economy in London.
The GLA is actively embedding circular economy principles, approaches, and policies across the Mayor's strategic statutory plans, programmes and strategies. These include Responsible Procurement, Strategies for Economic Development, Environment, Housing, and Transport, The London Plan (spatial development strategy), and major development and regeneration projects.
Under the Advance London programme, LWARB will focus on investing, alongside private sector partners, to support businesses looking to develop or scale up circular business models. The Circular London programme seeks to accelerate London’s transition to a circular economy through effective communications, creating demonstration projects in the capital and facilitating collaboration through a stakeholder hub.
The GLA aspires to develop a policy framework that supports the acceleration of London's transition to a circular economy, reducing the environmental, economic and social impacts of London's resource consumption. This will generate employment and wider societal benefits through materials innovation and reuse, repair, and remanufacture
LWARB’s ambition is that through multiple collaborations with stakeholders and policy makers across the capital, alongside the growth of circular economy businesses, London will become the world’s leading exponent of circular economy thinking and practice.