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Podcast – The circular economy playbook, episode 4: Making recycling work for people in flats

People who live in flats recycle much less than those who live in houses. So, it is increasingly important to design effective resource management programmes that incorporate convenient and inclusive services for residents. Especially considering that over 20% of current housing stock in London are flats and the majority of new housing build will be high density properties.

This episode delves into the results of a two-year research project delivered by ReLondon in partnership with housing association Peabody and six inner London boroughs. The project aim was to better understand the barriers to recycling for people who live in purpose-built flats and identify practical measures that could be taken by housing providers, building managers and service providers to remove those barriers. 

With thanks to our contributors:

Becky Rowe – owner and head of research at Revealing Reality – a multi-award-winning social research agency. Becky is a leading practitioner of innovative research methods and is at the forefront of behaviour change insight and research.

Gemma Scott – managed the research project to improve recycling performance in London’s purpose built flats. Gemma is a Chartered Waste Manager with over 15 years in the industry working in and with local authority waste teams and the private sector.

James Glass – an experienced housing professional working for one the most well-known and established Housing Associations, Peabody.  As Head of Estate Services, James and his team of 200+ help keep the properties Peabody own safe as well as clean and tidy.


Hosted by: Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ ReLondon / Ali Moore – Head of communications @ ReLondon

Produced by: Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ ReLondon

Sound engineering by: Breen Turner

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