About Us

Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) was established in 1986 as an autonomous statutory local government body to undertake the waste disposal functions prescribed by the Local Government Act 1985 and the Waste Regulation and Disposal (Authorities) Order 1985.

The Authority assumed responsibility for waste disposal on behalf of four London Boroughs; Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is managed by a Committee made up of two elected Councillors from each of these four borough councils.

Waste disposal

We manage around 500,000 tonnes of waste and recyclables per year, in a safe and cost effective manner. Most of this is household waste generated by a population of some 850,000 residents within our four constituent boroughs. The borough councils have the duty to arrange for the collection of this waste.

Historically, the majority of waste has been transported by river to a landfill site located on the Thames Estuary at Mucking, Essex but since February 2011 the majority of waste has been received at the newly constructed Belvedere Energy from Waste Facility. The Facility provides for the combustion of waste, and the use of the heat from the process to generate electricity through steam generation in boilers.