The Western Riverside Waste Authority is a Statutory Joint Waste Disposal Authority responsible for managing the household and commercial waste collected by the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It also runs a Household Waste and Recycling Centre where the residents of the four boroughs plus the City of Westminster can direct deliver their household waste.
WRWA is central to reducing waste and to maximising recycling for 4 London boroughs. It works with long-term partner, Cory, to manage all of the waste under the Authority’s control. In just over a decade non-recyclable waste has reduced by over 30%.
The four constituent boroughs have a combined population of nearly 1 million people living in 407,000 households and collect around 372,000 tonnes of waste and recyclables annually. Additionally, the Authority’s contractor Cory, transfers another 170,000 of material from local trade and commercial waste and recycling through the Authority’s two riparian transfer stations.
The Authority entered into a 30-year Waste Management Services Agreement with Cory in 2002 to manage its waste and recyclables. Non reusable and recyclable waste is transported by river to an Energy from Waste Facility at Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley which was commissioned in 2011. The Authority has an annual operating expenditure of around £50 Million.
The Authority has an establishment of 6 full time officers, 4 part time / term time education officers and 3 part time senior officers.
Whilst maintaining and improving existing operations, the Authority needs to respond to the climate emergency ambitions of its constituent councils’ and the Government’s 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy. The Authority needs to begin to develop a waste management strategy for the management of recyclables and waste both pre and post 2032 and to develop a procurement strategy to deliver new services post 2032 in a manner that represents best value for residents in the Authority’s area, including maximising the value of its land holdings.
To assist with this transition, the Authority is looking to recruit a Deputy General Manager who will be at the forefront of shaping the new waste and procurement strategies and an Assistant General Manager who will manage the existing operational contract.
These roles therefore offer an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of the developments that will help shape how a significant proportion of Central London’s waste will be managed in the future.