Western Riverside Waste Authority

Western Riverside Waste Authority is the statutory waste disposal authority for the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Wandsworth and for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Authority’s waste management policies are led by the waste hierarchy principles of waste reduction, reuse and recycling, with the balance of residual waste being transported from the Authority’s two transfer stations via the River Thames to an Energy from Waste Facility on the Thames at Belvedere. The Authority has therefore already achieved the Mayor of London’s 2025 target of zero municipal waste direct to landfill.  

The Authority and its constituent councils agreed on a basis of cost apportionment from 2009/10. Under the agreement, which has been extended to run for a further eight years from 2017/18, the Authority recovers the costs of waste delivered by its constituent councils at a rate per tonne according to the nature of the waste recycled or disposed of. There is a residual annual levy, apportioned on the basis of council tax-base, for overheads and civic amenity waste.

The estimated costs to constituent councils for 2020/21 compared to the original budgeted cost in 2019/20 are shown in the table below:

 

Council

2020-21

Direct costs

£'000

2020-21

Levy

£'000

2020-21

Total costs

£'000

2019-20

Total costs

£'000

 

Increase / (decrease)
£'000

 

Increase / (decrease) %

Hammersmith & Fulham9,1338489,98110,252(271)(2.71)
Kensington and Chelsea9,6731,02810,70110,935(234)(2.14)
Lambeth14,3011,17615,47715,744(267)(1.70)
Wandsworth12,4591,42613,88514,335(450)(3.14)
Total45,5664,47850,04451,266(1,222)(2.38)

Total net costs to constituent councils have reduced by 2.4% compared to the original budget for 2019/20.

For more information visit the Western Riverside Waste Authority website.